Special Report - Teachers Union Tax Increase Misguided and Cynical

An initiative has resurfaced to nearly double Arizona’s top personal income tax rate. The proposal is similar to the 2018 effort insofar as it has the odious distinction of making Arizona far less business friendly while not providing significant new revenue to K-12. Riding the recent populist political wave, the authors did not have the courage to ask all Arizonans to pay for a tax increase for public education. Instead, they cynically pit the majority against a tiny fraction of income taxpayers, hoping that taxing “someone else” for increased spending will improve their chances at the ballot. This white paper will show that this poorly conceived tax increase will not create a sustainable source of funding that is worth the economic malady it will cause. Invest in Ed is disastrous public policy, deleterious to Arizona’s economy, and provides only uncertain benefits to schools.