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Ann-Eve Pedersen, chairwoman of the committee who supported Proposition 204, shown in this file photo, said Secretary of State Ken Bennett’s appeal to the Arizona Supreme Court to remove the initiative from the November ballot was 'unnecessary.'

Weeks after voters rejected Proposition 204, the Arizona Supreme Court issued an opinion Wednesday affirming its decision that allowed the measure to stay on the November ballot despite objections from Secretary of State Ken Bennett. Read more»

Given the defeat of Proposition 204, how do we propose to address the needs of a system that routinely produces far too many dropouts and underachieving graduates? How can we continue to ignore the yawning academic achievement gap between non-Hispanic Whites and Latinos? Read more»

Now that voters rejected Proposition 204, the task of funding education when a temporary sales tax expires in May will remain with the state Legislature. Read more»

Voters on Tuesday rejected a ballot proposition to establish a permanent 1 cent-per-dollar sales tax earmarked for schools, transportation projects and human services. Unofficial returns showed Proposition 204 trailing by a wide margin. Read more» 1

An obscure Arizona nonprofit that has contributed $1.5 million to campaigns opposing two Arizona ballot measures revealed Monday under court order that $11 million it contributed to California ballot measure campaigns passed through two other nonprofits. A California official said that this qualifies as money laundering and violates state law. Read more»

Americans for Responsible Leadership, a Phoenix-based nonprofit, continues to pour money into the opposition against Proposition 121 and Proposition 204 and added to its activities by funding a mailing this week opposing a Democrat for state House. Read more»


An obscure nonprofit that gave another $175,000 this week to the campaign against Proposition 204 is using anonymous contributors to manipulate voters, the head of a group supporting the education sales tax measure said. Read more» 1

They say men are from Mars. That also might be true for policy analysts – especially when trying to discuss intelligently the vagaries of Proposition 204. Read more»

See an interactive graph to view a breakdown of October 2012 contributions over $10,000 from organizations and individuals supporting and opposing Proposition 204.

Education unions and a group representing contractors have given hundreds of thousands of dollars this month to a campaign supporting Proposition 204, while a donation from a group representing automobile dealers is helping fuel the opposing campaign, records show. Read more» 2

Ann-Eve Pedersen, chairwoman of the committee promoting Proposition 204, says schools would suffer if voters don’t approve a 1 cent-per-dollar sales tax to benefit education, transportation and human services.

Kathy Knecht, a governing board member in the Peoria Unified School District said counseling, says specialized reading and gifted student programs may be on the chopping block if voters don’t approve Proposition 204. Read more»

A website attributed to Americans for Responsible Leadership, which has given nearly $1 million to groups opposing Propositions 121 and 204 in Arizona, carries information about those measures. Little is known about the Phoenix-based group, which also has donated $11 million to a political action committee in California.

An obscure political group based in the Valley - Americans for Responsible Leadership - has spent nearly a million dollars against Propositions 121, which would replace Arizona's party primary elections, and 204, that would continue a one-cent sales tax for education. Read more» 1

An interview with Nancy Young Wright, the Democratic candidate for Pima County supervisor in District 1, plus financial advisor Shelly Fishman, and a political update from Arizona Capitol Times Editor Jim Small. Read more»

Doug Ducey and Ann-Eve Pedersen debate Proposition 204, the Quality Education and Jobs measure. Also, Gale Morgan discusses downsizing your home in retirement. Read more»

Paul Eckerstrom, former Pima Democratic Party chairman, plus TUSD Board Member Mark Stegeman. Read more»

A recent report predicts that Arizona will see a 5.1 percent increase in state tax collections in fiscal 2013, one of just nine states where revenues are projected to rise more than 5 percent.

A recent report predicts Arizona will see a 5 percent increase in tax revenues in 2013. Local experts foresee an even higher number, but not all are convinced the new revenue will fix the state's recession-impacted budget. Read more» 1

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