April 2016- Prop 123 & 124

Why I VOTED YES to refer Propositions 123 and 124 to the ballot:

A. Proposition 123 (Education Funding): Republicans and Democrats in the AZ Legislature voted to refer Proposition 123 to the ballot in order to increase funding for K-12 education and to resolve a long-standing lawsuit. The legislation is a result of negotiations with the schools, teachers, legislature, and governor’s office.

I voted YES to refer this to the ballot because:

  • It adds $3.5 Billion to K-12 education over 10 years without increasing taxes.
  • $2.2 Billion comes from increased distributions from the state land trust which is in place to help fund education.
  • $1.325 Billion comes from the legislature’s decision to increase state general funds to education and reallocations.
  • Protections are added to ensure that state trust land assets are protected for the future. The state land trust ending balance is projected to increase from the current $4.8 Billion to $6.2 Billion by 2025 even after the increased distribution to schools.
  • For more information see these non-partisan analysis reports:

Analysis by Legislative Council

Fiscal Impact Summary by the Joint Legislative Budget Committee

B. Proposition 124 (Pension Reform): Proposition 124 is the result of the legislation I sponsored and worked on for over a year. It passed out of the Senate unanimously and out of the House overwhelmingly.

I voted YES to refer Proposition 124 to the ballot because:

  • It protects and sustains the fire fighter and police pension system.
  • It saves taxpayers over $1.5 Billion.
  • It saves the cities, counties, and state money so more law enforcement and police can be hired.
  • This proposition is a result of over one year of negotiations with the fire fighters, police, cities, counties, Republican and Democratic legislators, and the governor’s office.
  • For more information see these non-partisan analysis reports:

Analysis by Legislative Council

Fiscal Impact Summary by the Joint Legislative Budget Committee

C.  The election for Prop 123 & 124 is on May 17th or by early ballot.  For voting information, visit Maricopa Co. Elections

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