By Asha Devineni

Legislative Update Week of April 23

The main focus this week has been the proposed 20% pay increase by 2020 for teachers. Rep. Noel Campbell released his proposal on Monday (4/23) that proposed a three-year, one cent education sales tax increase. The Arizona Federation of Teachers also put out a recommendation to have a 2.5 percent statewide tax on services, like haircuts and legal services.

On Thursday, April 26th, thousands of teachers walked out of schools and protested down at the Capitol and on Friday it was announced that the walk out will continue through Monday (4/30). Governor Ducey stated that he wanted to have a deal for the proposed teachers pay increase by the end of the day on Thursday (4/26) which ultimately did not come to fruition. There was an Invest in Education Act ballot initiative that would increase the state’s 4.54% personal income tax rate to 8% under specified criteria.