Massive tax: This one is “for the children”
Secretary of State Ken Bennett has disqualified a ballot initiative due to discrepancies in the pre-filed version of the language and that which actually appears on the petitions. It should have been disqualified for the deceptive title and horse pucky issues intended to separate taxpayers from their money in the worst economy since the Great Depression. A random sampling of the petitions at the Secretary of State’s Office found none of the petitions matched the language previously submitted to his office.
At issue is the Quality Education & Jobs Initiative, 15-pages of no-strings-attached, mumbo jumbo. The measure seeks a citizen vote to authorize a permanent 1-cent-per-dollar increase in the state sales tax, with the proceeds to “prevent legislators from cutting K-12 education funding,” provide “dedicated funding to students of all ages,“ provide college scholarships, underwrite school construction projects and a children’s health program. And if that’s not enough, the act “protects public safety by ensuring continued funding for DPS officers and creates jobs by funding road, rail, transit and other transportation projects.” This biscuit will ensure support for the measure from unrelated sources.
Missing from the vague language, which includes no accountability for the massive funding and societal overreaches are these costly facts: The extended sales tax will provide over a billion dollars a year. The Quality Education and Performance Fund will receive $500 Million. The Education Learning and Accountability Fund will receive $10 Million. The Education Accountability and Improvement Fund will receive $90 Million. The Arizona Board of Regents will receive $50 Million. A Children’s Health Insurance Program will receive $25 Million. A state Infrastructure Fund is slated to receive $100 Million. An additional governmental overreach called the Family Stability and Self Sufficiency Fund is on tap for $100 Million. And in case these social engineers missed anything they have even included a $125 Million mechanism to address” Inflationary Adjustments.”
The initiative group has indicated it will file a lawsuit over being disqualified from the ballot, and has hired former Arizona Supreme Court Justice Stanley Feldman as its lawyer. Tucson resident Ann-Eve Pedersen is the group’s chairman.
In his March 14 column Robert Robb wrote this about the initiative