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Arizona Capitol Times
Thursday, May 25, 2017
Sean McCarthy
It was a surprise and a pleasure to see the Arizona School Boards Association President Tim Ogle weigh in so publicly about his concerns with equitable school funding. On this point, taxpayers and school advocates should be in harmony: Arizona’s outmoded funding formula is ill designed for the 21st century.
Arizona Republic
Sunday, February 5, 2017
Bob Robb
This is not a $211 million cut to education, as critics are trying to spin it. There might be no reduction in funding, depending on what local voters do. But there would be an end to taxation without taxpayer accountability. What’s the argument against that?
Arizona Republic
Thursday, February 2, 2017
Ricardo Cano
"We don’t think that it’s rational that the taxpayers would be paying for this on a permanent basis," said Kevin McCarthy.
The Arizona Republic
Monday, March 21, 2016
Craig Harris
"It really undermines the public's confidence in government when they see people getting these kinds of benefit packages, especially if they are getting massages," McCarthy said.
Tucson Daily Star
Thursday, March 3, 2016
Carol Ann Alaimo
Pima isn’t the only Arizona school to use inflated enrollment figures to calculate its spending limit but it’s “probably the biggest abuser” of the current system, said Sean McCarthy of ATRA.
Phoenix Business Journal
Monday, February 22, 2016
Angela Gonzales
"These 18 school districts for decades have been allowed to spend considerable sums more than other districts," said Kevin McCarthy,
Aztec Press
Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Nick Meyers
ATRA’s senior research analyst, Sean McCarthy, maintained that while multiple facets of state governance must adhere to expenditure limitation, community colleges are the only “jurisdictions” that have the ability to so freely dictate their budget.
The Arizona Republic
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Alia Beard Rau
Kevin McCarthy, president of the Arizona Tax Research Association, said his organization doesn't consider the funding proposal a tax hike, but more like a toggling of the amount owed under the existing tax structure. The amount residents in each district pay also can change annually based on changes in property values.
The Arizona Republic
Monday, November 2, 2015
Sean McCarthy
ATRA would prefer policymakers focus on improving its schools, not flagellate itself over a statistic which isn’t changing.
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Phil Latzman
NPR's Phil Latzman interviewed ATRA's Sean McCarthy about ballot measures on the November elections and inequities in school finance.


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