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Re: “Business Leaders Say, Raise Taxes to Fund Schools

You touch on it, David, but the issue deserves more emphasis. Every time we bring up school funding, someone walks out Prop 301 and calls for a sales tax increase. Arizona already has one of the high sales tax rates in the nation, in fact, 11th from the top. We have the lowest property and income taxes, 5th and 6th from the bottom. Ducey and his predecessors claimed lowering income taxes would drive the economy, it has not. So, yes we need more money in education, but we need to raise revenue, an increase in income tax makes more sense that again increasing the sales tax.

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Posted by Michael S. Ellegood on 09/18/2017 at 8:59 AM

Re: “Business Leaders Say, Raise Taxes to Fund Schools

Taxes should not be raised until tax credits are recaptured first. Not more tax credits for individual donations to Private School Tuition Organizations. Not more corporate tax credits for donations to Private School tuition organizations. Many more of the 30 some tax credits need to be recaptured. One thing is sure, all this tax cutting, going all the way back really to the tax rates of 1978, have done nothing for economic development except starve needed services, and money to public schools. In reality the State is supporting three school systems, public schools, privately operated charter schools (don't you dare call them public schools), and now private schools with tax credits, and back door vouchers (maybe).

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Posted by Frances Perkins on 09/18/2017 at 8:48 AM

Re: “Business Leaders Say, Raise Taxes to Fund Schools

What ever happened to the Money, that the courts said that the State Owed Education as a result of the lawsuit that Ducey lost while State Treasurer. I know that he felt that Prop 301increased funding, but it seems like the $3B from that lawsuit just evaporated and the State has never paid it. 301 did not have anything in it that would absolve the State of the obligation. What happened

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Posted by Charles Smith on 09/18/2017 at 7:42 AM

Re: “Cinema Clips: Columbus

Wonderful movie, beautifully filmed.

Posted by ronko on 09/18/2017 at 7:39 AM

Re: “DREAMers Deferred

Fernando,

We don't care about you, but your mother and father are a different story.
Do they live at the address you listed on your DACA application?

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Posted by Juan Valdez on 09/17/2017 at 11:32 AM

Re: “Battle Acts: Elton John vs. Kinky Boots

Thank you Tucson Weekly

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Posted by Diane Dubé on 09/17/2017 at 10:35 AM

Re: “DREAMers and Dollars

10 DACA Facts

1. DACA gives people relief from deportation and the ability to get a work permit, a Social Security card and state ID. Recipients are also allowed to pay in-state tuition to college in many states

2. Arizona and Nebraska were two states that tried to alter their rules to deny DACA recipients drivers licenses, but were forced by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit to allow it in 2014

3. Since receiving DACA, 77.7 percent of recipients got a job with higher pay, 67.2 percent bought their first car, 23.5 percent bought a home, 7.9 percent started their own business.*

4. Dreamers over age 25 work an average 40 hours a week with average annual earnings of $41,600.*

5.Ending DACA will cost Arizona an estimated $1.3 billion annually in GDP losses.*

6. The loss of DACA workers would reduce the national GDP by $433 billion over the next decade.*

7.DACA recipients are not eligible for federal financial aid, including loans, or any government subsidized services, including healthcare. They pay into Social Security but are not eligible to receive it.

8. The day after Trump announced ending DACA, attorneys general from 15 states and the District of Columbia filed a lawsuit against him to block the termination, saying Trump is motivated by racial animus.

9. DACA recipients are not all from Mexico, but all over the world.**

10. When applying for DACA, DREAMers entrusted the U.S. government with in-depth personal information on themselves and their families, with the understanding that sharing the information would protect them from deportation.

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Posted by FactChecker on 09/17/2017 at 9:39 AM

Re: “Elks Lodge #2592 Green Valley

Y'all need to follow this band! And support the GV Elks when they are bringing bands like this to play. If I weren't a member of the Elks I'd join for this.

Posted by jen from Seattle on 09/16/2017 at 8:53 PM

Re: “Connie Brannock and Tiny House of Funk

Listening to THOF now at the Green Valley Elks....They are lit! Glad we stopped in here! Wish I could bring them back to Seattle with me!

Posted by jen from Seattle on 09/16/2017 at 8:31 PM

Re: “Business Leaders Say, Raise Taxes to Fund Schools

If there's a massive infusion of funds coming, perhaps those who have taken the trouble to advocate for increased funding (and for legal fiscal transparency requirements in schools receiving public funds) will use those transparency requirements to track and report on how the new infusion of funds is applied. Which districts will use it to successfully reduce whatever teacher shortages they may be experiencing, through improving teacher pay, benefits, or working conditions? Which districts will further pad central admin? It's an unfortunate reality that without consistent watchdog reporting, some districts will probably go astray, as they have in the past.

(FYI, David, this is what fiscal transparency requirements are for: to protect constituents from abuse and to hold public administrators accountable. Not to provide fodder for bashing charters and privates that don't have the requirements. Those of us who've had kids enrolled in the public system in Tucson during the past few years have smiled wryly as the absence of transparency requirements in charters has received copious coverage in this blog, while the things that squirm under the rocks you can turn over with public records requests in the public district system have gone unreported here. If you have a genuine belief in the value of transparency, try demonstrating that in the future by using transparency to advocate for more student-benefit-centered applications of funds. For maximal impact, you might want to focus most of your attention on the largest districts serving the most students....)

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Posted by For maximal student benefit, report on how new funds are applied on 09/16/2017 at 11:49 AM

Re: “Northside Brew

Might want to mention their food policy. Since they have no in-house food, I was told that I could bring in any food I desired. I like that. Grab a pizza, come here for your favorite beer or wine, and enjoy a game! Thx T&B!

Posted by Michael King on 09/16/2017 at 6:58 AM

Re: “Danehy

PS I like the Ally Miller job opp a little. You can't be held accountable for not warning someone who's not listening that she's once again about to put her foot in her mouth or walk off a cliff.

On the other hand, it would mean a lot of curtseying to self-anointed Foothills nobility, the rather gauche and self-absorbed elite who keep Miller "employed" and off the streets. And you must be prepared to be fired on a whim. "Him? Gone! Next?"

Replacing Sarah Huckabee Sanders is sounding pretty good right now. You could help the Orange Man "peel his rind" -- come across as human, no small accomplishment -- and even get a book out of it.

Yeah, that's the ticket! Do it quick, though, certainly before 2018 when he's probably gonna be gone. Mike Pence won't be half the fun.

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Posted by Jake on 09/15/2017 at 5:10 PM

Re: “Storming the Wall

You honestly think Santa Cruz and Pima counties are exempt from the climate? This is all happening at lightning speed.

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Posted by Ruben Ruiz on 09/15/2017 at 5:01 PM

Re: “Danehy

Danehy, don't count on Social Security to provide much of a backstop for whatever else you do -- and you will have to do it, whatever it is. Social Security is no windfall. I paid quite a lot into the system during my more lucrative periods of employment, so I qualified for almost-adequate benefits if I waited to take normal retirement (age 66). But faced with the choice of finding a decent-paying job in my sixties -- probability, zero -- or creating my own business to employ me, when I was 62 I took what SSA calls "early retirement." It's a lot less than had I waited to turn 66, but I didn't have the leisure to wait.

I used my lower SS payouts to cover my bare-bone costs of living and once more became an entrepreneur. You're not supposed to do this, work while you're collecting if it exceeds a certain amount, but when the alternative is penury until you drop, you break some rules. (Hey, it's money I paid in!)

Fortunately, my new company worked out, sufficiently so that I don't have to completely rely on my continuing early-retirement checks -- which would be totally inadequate if I had to rely on them to pay personal and property taxes, utilities, premiums on supplemental health insurance (Medicare is fine, but it doesn't pay for everything), cable Internet, cellphone service, auto insurance, and occasional travel and nights out, etc., etc.

The rather stupid commenters above deride Social Security as some sort of government gravy train. It's not. It's a small monthly stipend for basic survival. Unless there are reforms in the future that help workers when they're past "productive age" -- whatever the 1% decides that is -- Americans (unlike citizens in most of Europe and Canada) will need other income, whether investments, exceptional jobs, or their own inheritance to get by. Screw the "rugged individualism" sloganeering. It's braggadocio, a hoax. The rugged ones die first.

Also per those fools: SS is no "Ponzi scheme." It helps a hundred million Americans save a little so they don't have to rely on the kindness of strangers (in the same predicament), payday and conventional loan sharks, or eating a lot of ramen to keep their heads above water. With good fortune and planning, it's also enough to allay the stress that brings on sickness, heart attacks, and early death. You have to be pretty damn cruel to wish an early demise on anyone, just so that you can some utter alt-right crapola like that above. Or hide your own fear at growing old and meager. Suck it up, it's your fate, too.

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Posted by Jake on 09/15/2017 at 4:24 PM

Re: “Storming the Wall

We in Tucson may see a whole lot of immigrants from Phoenix long before more Latin Americans arrive in 2050. The heat-fatality bell curve up north is getting increasingly broad. Before, only Maricopa County's kids and old folks -- people with little political clout, and often without access to air-conditioning -- died from extreme heat. Now that Maricopa's heat is regularly rising into the higher (often fatal) three digits, and because running A/C (which, incidentally, releases more heat and climate-change gases into the air) is becoming more expensive, people in the middle ranks of society (by age and income) will begin suffering heat-related symptoms including fatal heatstroke. A whole lot of people -- possibly in the millions, certainly in the hundreds of thousands -- will be high-tailing it to our relatively cooler climes in Pima and Santa Cruz Counties. There'll be no border guards or a wall to protect us from this internal migration, unless we deploy a Grapes of Wrath strategy completely alien to our Borderlands culture. What are We going to do with all of Them? Where will they live? How will they earn livings? How do we accommodate yet more traffic? And how do we protect our Borderlands culture from awful, intolerant religious and racist influences that many of the immigrants will bring with them, influences that resulted in Sheriff Joe's lengthy tenure, that sustain the reactionary Goldwater Institute and related kook lobbies, and that pay the lion's share of Republican campaign expenses in Arizona? We have some planning to do, and soon!

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Posted by Jake on 09/15/2017 at 2:34 PM

Re: “DREAMers Deferred

Thanks for the DACA information. Unfortunately you offered mostly the negatives of resinding DACA.
Trump's motivations are intended to get immigration reform passed by congress in the next six months so the DACAs who are contributors can become U.S. citizens and no longer have this temporary citizenship status hanging over their heads. Fortunately you did reference this kernel a couple of times in your articles. I.e. Flake quote. Can we now count on you to inform us of some of the positive of rescinding DACA? If you would like me to research and report i'm interested.

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Posted by bilohak on 09/15/2017 at 9:06 AM

Re: “DREAMers and Dollars

People can come up with all sorts of BS to justify their means. Considering that legally they canNOT contribute to society by getting a job how can this be true? The only economic impact I can see is freeing up tax dollars to educate someone who can contribute.

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Posted by Azpaul on 09/15/2017 at 6:59 AM

Re: “DREAMers Deferred

I would suggest that if theyare greated the privilege to stay, they need to make sure they have legal people they can stay with because their parents will not get the same privilege.

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Posted by Azpaul on 09/15/2017 at 6:44 AM

Re: “Best Marijuana Dispensary

First 3 years usually went to the halo which had real good weed so bought half ounce a week but they were the best ataff that would help 100% the little bit of driving is well worth it and prices are way better don't miss out on the great deals with people that are very knowledgeable about all questions u ask!!!

Posted by Rickypruitt on 09/14/2017 at 9:52 PM

Re: “Editor's Note

Expanded coverage? To what end? You have more articles on this than there are illegals in the U.S. But not one of them mentions that DACA was illegally created by President Obama. It was an un Constitutional power grab that would have caught your hair on fire if Trump had done it. Why can't you guys play fair? It must have something to do with your ideas and motives. Better hope they don't resort to violence like the other socialists or their chance is over.

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Posted by Wayne Olson on 09/14/2017 at 4:40 PM

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