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What the Devil won't tell you

Wooing Amazon not the answer to Tucson's economic troubles

Strong Start Tucson may not pass but it's the sort of self-starter approach that may show the way forward as we tackle our economic challenges. Being supplicants to megacorporations like Amazon isn't the fix.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Ad debunker: Tucson taxes nowhere near the country's highest

Spreading the falsehood that Tucson's taxes lead the country is proselytizing a faith in local incompetence that is beyond biblical and dangerous for our economy. As a matter of fact, we don't come close to stacking up against truly tax-stricken cities.... Read more»

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Jones: Community crisis of access & affordability

"We are at a pivotal moment right now in the fight for equity for our youngest learners -- a real opportunity to invest in our most crucial resource, our children." — Strong Start Tucson campaign supporter Amber Jones.... Read more»5

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Stauffer: Support for Prop. 204 in Tucson

Providing scholarships for 8,000 three- and four-year-olds who are not currently in quality preschool will, in time, improve high school graduation rates and college enrollment rates.... Read more»

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Fimbres: Education key to success but Prop. 204 not the right answer

Councilman Richard Fimbres on the Strong Start Tucson initiative: "The efforts this year on the ballot measure known as Prop. 204 are admirable, but the language in this proposition raised concerns for me, for future mayors and Councils and for the good citizens of Tucson."... Read more»1

Strong Start, zoo campaigns failed to disclose 100s of thousands in donations, expenses

The backers of the Strong Start Tucson education tax for months failed to file prompt disclosures of high-dollar donations and expenses, a TucsonSentinel.com investigation shows. The No on Prop. 204 campaign had a filing error, and backers of the zoo sales tax also failed to properly file.... Read more»2

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Prop. 204: A voucher by any other name

Guest opinion: We in Tucson owe it to our children to implement a program that will benefit all of our community. We must build a program that will help low income children close the learning gap, not a program that allows upper middle-class families a rebate on their tuition while working families are asked to pay "put some skin in the game."... Read more»4

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Prop. 204 is about kids and about the town where they live

Guest opinion: It’s “poorly written,” “vague” and “lacking in oversight,” they say. Opponents of Prop. 204 are arguing that the measure is an incompetent attempt by amateurs because, well, it is impossible to win with “preschool is bad.” ... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Strong Start Tucson's flawed conception undermines noble effort

Strong Start Tucson authors seem to be offering a tone-deaf promise they'll answer questions after voters hand them $50 million per year. That's not a winning strategy or a good idea. Too many of initiative's details are left to be decided later — cue a Rio Nuevo flashback.... Read more»1

Biz groups come out against Strong Start Tucson education initiative

A coalition of business groups has launched an effort to derail Prop. 204, a sales-tax initiative that would direct $50 million yearly to early childhood education in Tucson. Proponents say it's a necessary investment, but opponents say the measure lacks oversight, with some calling it a "voucher" system.... Read more»4

Guest opinion

Good intentions aside, Strong Start Tucson is a bad idea

At first glance Strong Start Tucson—the initiative that promises high-quality preschool for up to 8,500 kids—seems like a nice idea. But voters should look closer at what the initiative would actually do. It is flawed in ways that could produce disastrous outcomes. I think it’s a risk Tucsonans would be unwise to take.... Read more»2

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Strong Start Tucson: Is one penny on a $2 ice cream cone too much?

Children who go to high-quality preschool perform better in school, complete more years of education, and become productive members of a more educated workforce. I wish we could provide every kid in AZ the chance SST will offer Tucson’s kids. Until that day, let’s make progress for our children, close to home, here in Tucson.... Read more»3

2017 could bring a lot of talk about increasing sales taxes

Tucson and Pima County residents could see up to four proposals for sales-tax increases next year — to pay for for road repairs, police and fire equipment, preschool subsidies and property-tax cuts.... Read more»1