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Treasurer Rips Ducey's Education Shell Game

#AskDuceyWhy he wants to create a fiscal cliff for our schools.


Democrats joined Arizona State Treasurer Jeff DeWit in pointing out that Governor Ducey's land trust plan potentially steals from the next generation to sustain the slow-bleed of Arizona's education system in an article Wednesday in the Arizona Republic.

"I certainly share concerns with him for the long-term damage to the fund and the 'cliffs' it sets up," said Sen. Katie Hobbs, D-Phoenix, and the Senate minority leader. Education funding would fall off a "fiscal cliff" in 2022 when a voter-approved sales tax expires and Ducey's proposed withdrawals from the trust fund drop by half.

And, Democrats note, Arizona's schools need more financial assistance than the governor has proposed.

"It's not a solution to the lack of education funding that we have in our state," House Minority Leader Eric Meyer, D-Paradise Valley said. "We spend the least of any state in the country per capita on our kids."

A U.S. Census report ranked Arizona's state contributions to K-12 dead last in fiscal year 2012.

Meyer said Ducey's solution, "even though it's flawed, would move us in those 10 years in the right direction a small step. But it's not an overall plan."

Democrats continue to defend education and work toward bi-partisan solutions to fund our schools. Read the full article here, then #AskDuceyWhy he refuses to face our education crisis.