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Re: “Can Voters Defeat the Vouchers-For-All Law?

The lay of the land is different in Utah. They do not have as extensive a Catholic schools network as Arizona does, and so one significant interest group that will put its collective efforts behind defending vouchers is absent there.

You assert that all the adult voters in the households of the 92% of students enrolled in public schools before the ESA bill passed will see an anti-voucher vote as something that promotes their "self-interest." However:
--Among the 92% enrolled in public schools before that bill passed will be some who intend to use the ESAs to leave public schools.
--There will be some families with a child or children in privates and a child or children in publics as well. It seems unlikely that they will vote against ESAs.
--Hard as it may be for you to believe, there are actually some people all of whose children are in public schools who don't want to use the children of other families as economic hostages to the dubious goal of supposedly "saving" troubled public school districts. They recognize that it is in the community's best interest if other people are able to place their children in schools where they will thrive and succeed. There are, for example, a lot of parents of children in well-managed public school districts in Southern Arizona who don't think anyone's children should be imprisoned on sinking ships like TUSD, and who would be happy if families within the boundaries of TUSD were given the opportunity to spend their per pupil funding anywhere they chose -- in another school district, in a charter, OR in a Catholic or Independent school, if that is the family's preference.

Framing education policy the way you do -- in broad categories like "PUBLIC DISTRICT" vs. "CHARTER" vs. "PRIVATE" -- and then assuming these categories have constituents whose policy aims and opinions are unified as they defend what you imagine to be their "self-interest" oversimplifies to the point of absurdity a landscape in American (and Arizonan) education that is considerably more complex, diverse, and difficult to interpret than you make it out to be.

But I guess, after the embarrassing gaffes of the past year (so-called Democrats' and supporters-of-public-schools' active support of 123 being the most conspicuous among them) folks who were previously duped and led astray have to have something to contemplate that cheers them up. Simplistic fantasies about how things will play out in our collective political future may be helpful as a mood-altering supplement to the daily depressing dose of reality that the news-feed from Phoenix provides.

15 likes, 18 dislikes
Posted by Weak analysis; try again. on 05/19/2017 at 6:57 PM

Re: “Small Town Big Business

I've had the misfortune to eat here a few times recently with relatives and I can safely say that the food at Old Chicago is truly terrible and likely comes frozen out of a Sysco truck. Preparation and presentation are lacking. The servers have been nice, though.

6 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Tucson resident on 05/19/2017 at 10:02 AM

Re: “Life After Pat

Read the YELP comments; this place is not doing good; they will close within the next year; 2018 it will close it' doors.

2 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by george.gonzalez.3367174 on 05/19/2017 at 2:56 AM

Re: “The Skinny

BSLAP, aren't you that Russian troll that I advised to drink large amounts of prune juice and to take fistfulls of sleeping pills?
How did that work out for you? Or was that CW13?
But I digress. Tell me all about Vladivostok.

9 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by JoelFriday on 05/18/2017 at 8:05 PM

Re: “Small Town Big Business

Litteraly sitting at OC reading this! Great artical! We love OC and had no idea it was Mama Louisas!Keep up the great work!

3 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by DinaM on 05/18/2017 at 6:19 PM

Re: “A 'Fat Cat Tax'?

You are several years behind the curve. England has already done a "fat cat" tax and it was a disaster.

In the 2009-10 tax year, more than 16,000 people declared an annual income of more than 1 million to HM Revenue and Customs. This number fell to just 6,000 after Gordon Brown introduced the new 50p top rate of income tax.

Increasing the highest rate of tax actually led to a large loss in revenues for the British Government.

Since the US implemented supply side economics in the US starting in 1981, our jobs have increased by 50%, jobs in England have only increased by 22% and even less in France - 12%.

If we cared about our students, we would be sure to have jobs waiting for them by implementing scientific taxation - a top federal rate of 25%, not the current 40%, plus 12% California state tax, plus 14% Social Security = 66%.

6 likes, 16 dislikes
Posted by jhuppent@hotmail.com on 05/18/2017 at 5:15 PM

Re: “Small Town Big Business

Hopefully Jim can fix the food section now that he is the editor. These advertisements are getting old and I hope you guys are at least getting paid for them. It wasn't that long ago that the Weekly would mock the Star for doing this exact same thing! Bring back actual reviews!

11 likes, 11 dislikes
Posted by HumanBean on 05/18/2017 at 4:59 PM

Re: “The Skinny

Her days as our congressperson are numbered. Tucson, it's time to take out the trash, vote her 'the fuck' out!

14 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by HumanBean on 05/18/2017 at 4:53 PM

Re: “Small Town Big Business

Sounds like an advertorial.

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Posted by Rita Connelly on 05/18/2017 at 2:36 PM

Re: “A 'Fat Cat Tax'?

I'm not talking corporate taxes I'm talking personal taxes. Every piece of democratic legislation is designed to punish the individual that has become successful by laddering tax brackets. personal exemptions are gone except the mortgage interest, and things like the Affordable care Act even punished higher income people.

Married Filing Joint Taxable Income Tax Brackets and Rates, 2017
Rate Taxable Income Bracket Tax Owed
10%
$0 to $18,650 10% of taxable income
15%
$18,650 to $75,900 $1,865 plus 15% of the excess over $18,650
25%
$75,900 to $153,100 $10,452.50 plus 25% of the excess over $75,900
28%
$153,100 to $233,350 $29,752.50 plus 28% of the excess over $153,100
33%
$233,350 to $416,700 $52,222.50 plus 33% of the excess over $233,350
35%
$416,700 to $470,700 $112,728 plus 35% of the excess over $416,700
39.60%
$470,700+ $131,628 plus 39.6% of the excess over $470,700

When you make it they take it.

5 likes, 14 dislikes
Posted by Patriot 2 on 05/18/2017 at 2:36 PM

Re: “A 'Fat Cat Tax'?

That's exactly right Patriot. Under progressive vision the rich should work hard, take risks and surrender their earnings for others. What could possibly motivate them? Lower tax rates elsewhere, leaving the US a virtual wasteland of losers.

Please work to become rich and stop confiscating someone else's money.

8 likes, 18 dislikes
Posted by Patriot 2 on 05/18/2017 at 11:43 AM

Re: “A 'Fat Cat Tax'?

Just a note here. Since 1980, on the federal level, the very rich and large corporations now pay 1/4th of what they did from the 50's - 70's. Starting with Reagan the very rich have received about 15 rounds of tax breaks. Republicans have shifted some of that lose to the bottom 90% and covered the rest with deficits and spending cuts to education, infrastructure etc. Somehow, even paying higher taxes, the wealthy were still wealthy back then.

20 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by Kenneth Groves on 05/18/2017 at 11:41 AM

Re: “A 'Fat Cat Tax'?

How dare you tax my cat.......oh sorry.

5 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by Gandalf the Wit on 05/18/2017 at 11:39 AM

Re: “A 'Fat Cat Tax'?

Bad idea. High tax rates in the U.K. is why the Beatles had to move, we do not need to go though that again do we?

4 likes, 10 dislikes
Posted by Gandalf Remembers on 05/18/2017 at 11:36 AM

Re: “Let’s Dance

Great read! More dance everywhere please.

3 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Pike Romero on 05/18/2017 at 11:07 AM

Re: “Small Town Big Business

Funny that they are owned by Rock Bottom Restaurants. It seems they take that name to heart each and every day. There are plenty of great craft brews elsewhere, and I cannot think of any pizza joint in Tucson with worse tasting pizza (and there is a lot of BAD pizza in Tucson). And for goodness sakes... clean the carpets, fix the tears in the booth and seat fabrics, and have the staff at least pretend that they care about what they are doing.

10 likes, 9 dislikes
Posted by RobG on 05/18/2017 at 10:48 AM

Re: “A 'Fat Cat Tax'?

Except that 'the rich' (LOL) already pay the lion's share of all taxes and the poor pay zilch. Save this socialist crap for people who are too self involved and uniformed. It doesn't wash for anyone who has ever worked their way out of poverty aka has grown up in the true sense of the word.

6 likes, 23 dislikes
Posted by Patriot 1 on 05/18/2017 at 9:47 AM

Re: “Momcologist Crusade

Go Jude!

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Posted by SonoranWinds on 05/18/2017 at 9:38 AM

Re: “Small Town Big Business

Chain restaurant. Say. No. More.

9 likes, 9 dislikes
Posted by SonoranWinds on 05/18/2017 at 9:36 AM

Re: “The New Teacher Certification Rules: Is Everyone Else Wrong, or Am I?

We will have plenty of Ben Steins teaching the Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act. Anyone? Anyone? You do realize that Charter and private religious schools, already can hire and many do, uncertified teachers. This means Jay Lawrence can go into a classroom, maybe 7th grade math, that would be a nice challenge.

9 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Frances Perkins on 05/18/2017 at 9:19 AM

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