Bill would ask Arizona voters to increase sales tax to pay for education

The proposal would put a measure on the 2020 ballot to boost the current 0.6-of-a-cent sales tax earmarked for schools to a full penny./Creatas

 

By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services via Arizona Daily Star

A House panel voted Monday to ask voters to increase what they pay in sales taxes to fund public education.

The proposal would put a measure on the 2020 ballot to boost the current 0.6-of-a-cent sales tax earmarked for schools to a full penny.

That would bring in an extra $450 million to $500 million a year, with 75 percent earmarked for K-12 education, 20 percent to keep tuition affordable at public universities and the balance for community colleges.

The measure needs approval of the full House and Senate to get on the 2020 ballot. Gov. Doug Ducey, who has consistently opposed tax increases, would have no say in the matter.

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