DeWit: Arizona “Run Like A Mini Dougtatorship”

On Monday, Arizona Treasurer Jeff DeWit visited Tucson to discuss his opposition to Proposition 123. DeWit has been very vocal in his opposition to the education funding scheme pushed by Governor Doug Ducey.

DeWit has earned the scorn of Ducey due to his position that the State currently has adequate money to fully fund education without raiding the State Land Trust Fund, which would be the effect should Proposition 123 pass in a Special Election this May. “The economy in Arizona has grown over the past three years,” stated DeWit during his appearance on the James T. Harris radio show on Monday. “We have $600 million – literally right now – sitting in the State’s account. Projections show that it will grow to $1.6 billion next year. Now if we only have to give the schools $200 million, we can do that and still lower taxes. That is the smart way to do this; just use the money that has come in. Don’t pay any more lawyers, and save the trust fund.”

Listen to the interview here

DeWit said that he believed there were two reasons why the Governor decide to reject the simple solution. “He announced the plan back in June, before we knew about the extra money coming in – we were still working off the previous year’s budget. And there was going to be a report in USAToday reporting that we were fiftieth in the country for school funding,” said DeWit. “I don’t think anyone could argue that our teachers are underpaid because we have some horror stories about teacher pay.”

DeWit said since that time, it came out that “we have all this money and I just think they don’t want to change course.”

“I have spoken with every Republican group in the state. The grassroots conservatives and the rank and file Republicans they are opposed to this,” stated DeWit. “They are adamantly opposed to this. They know this is not a conservative thing to do and they are mad with their own members who voted on this. So they know it is a bad gig. But at the Capitol there is favor factory mentality down there. You scratch my back I’ll scratch yours. It is honestly run like a mini Dougtatorship.”

“The two talking points is that it is more money for teachers and it won’t raise taxes,” DeWit said of the Prop 123 campaign. “Both of those things are lies. The more money for teachers was fact checked in the Arizona Republic about a month ago and it got zero stars. It is false. There is no requirement that a penny has to go to teachers. They are giving it to superintendents and the school boards to do with whatever they want with it. The ASBA (Arizona School Board Association), in a video on their website to promote this to their own members, says the great thing about the prop is how there is no accountability on how we spend this money. And the other thing is that it raises property taxes. Scottsdale Unified is going to get zero dollars out of the trust and the entire amount of money is coming out of the property tax increase because they are at the Qualifying Tax Rate so all of it comes from property tax increase. So, many communities around the state are going to see increases including here at Catalina Foothills. There are a bunch in Tucson. I don’t know how they can keep saying that there will be no increase in taxes when property taxes are going to go up with Prop 123 passing.”

When asked about the large donations to the pro-Prop 123 campaign, DeWit said that the money was provided by “the richest people in the state. From what I understand – what they say down there,” referring to the Capitol, “there is talk that they have been promised future tax cuts. There are cuts that are targeted to that, and that’s why they are giving the money. There is a reward kind of return. I have been told that there was a fundraiser at the Governor’s house where they wrote these checks. He invited them over, and there were some closed room talks and they wrote big checks. And that’s it.”

2016 Special Election Ballot Measure Donations – Prop 123
Let’s Vote Yes for Arizona Schools, In Support of Prop 123 – Support
DATE NAME LOCATION AMOUNT
12/14/15 Dennis Knight 5248 E Arroyo Blvd, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253 $10,000.00
12/16/15 Edward J. Robson 9532 E Riggs Rd, Sun Lakes, AZ 85248 $25,000.00
12/16/15 Robson Communities Inc. 9532 E Riggs Rd, Sun Lakes, AZ 85248 $25,000.00
12/16/15 Arizona Lodging and Tourism Association 1240 E Missouri Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85014 $10,000.00
12/17/15 Snell & Wilmer LLP One Arizona Center, Phoenix, AZ 85004 $10,000.00
12/17/15 The Plaza Companies 9401 W Thunderbird Road #200, Peoria, AZ 85381 $15,000.00
12/17/15 Salt River Project PO Box 52025, Phoenix, AZ 85072 $75,000.00
12/17/15 Greater Phoenix Leadership Inc. 400 E Van Buren St #825, Phoenix, AZ 85004 $150,000.00
12/17/15 Kitchell 1707 E Highland Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85016 $15,000.00
12/18/15 Steven Evans 5825 E Starlight Way, Paradise Valley, AZ  85253 $19,240.49
12/18/15 Constance Weatherup 10343 E Pinnacle Peak Rd, Scottsdale, AZ   85255 $10,000.00
12/18/15 Frances Najafi 3200 E Camelback Rd #295, Phoenix, AZ  85018 $10,000.00
12/18/15 Southern Arizona Leadership Council 3497 N Campbell Ave #703, Tucson, AZ  85719 $25,000.00
12/21/15 Philip Francis 4469 E. Moonlight Way, Paradise Valley, AZ  85253 $10,000.00
12/21/15 David Larcher 5850 N Cameldale Way, Paradise Valley, AZ  85253 $10,000.00
12/21/15 Michael and Cindy Watts 5701 N Yucca Rd, Paradise Valley, AZ  85253 $44,500.00
12/23/15 Swift Transportation 2200 S 75th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85043 $10,000.00
12/28/15 Larry Van Tuyl PO Box 16460. Phoenix, AZ  85011 $50,000.00
12/28/15 GreenbergTraurig 8400 NW 26th Street #400, Miami, FL  33166 $10,000.00
12/28/15 Helios Education Foundation 2415 E Camelback Rd #500, Phoenix, AZ  85016 $100,000.00
12/28/15 Cox Communications 1550 W Deer Valley Rd, Phoenix, AZ  85027 $50,000.00
12/28/15 McCarthy Building Companies 6225 N 24th Street #200, Phoenix, AZ  85016 $25,000.00
12/28/15 DPR Southwest 222 N 44th Street, Phoenix, AZ  85034 $10,000.00
12/28/15 Renee Parsons 15475 N 84th Street, Scottsdale, AZ  85250 $250,000.00
12/29/15 Robert Parsons 15475 N 84th Street, Scottsdale, AZ  85250 $250,000.00
12/30/15 William J. Post 4235 E Claremont Street, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253 $25,000.00
12/30/15 The Sundt Companies, Inc 2015 W River Road Ste 101, tucson, AZ  85704 $15,000.00
12/30/15 Blandford Home LLC 3321 E Baseline Rd, Gilbert, AZ  85234 $50,000.00
12/30/15 Apollo Education Group 4025 S Riverpoint Parkway CF-K905, Phoenix, AZ  85040 $25,000.00
12/30/15 Arizona State University Foundation PO Box 2260, Tempe, AZ 85280 $75,000.00
12/30/15 DMB Associates Inc 7600 E Doubletree Ranch Rd #300, Scottsdale, AZ  85258 $50,000.00
12/30/15 Ernie Garcia 1720 W Rio Salado Pkwy #A, Tempe, AZ  85281 $10,000.00
12/30/15 Arizona Chamber of Commerce & Industry 3200 N Central Avenue #1125, Phoenix, AZ  85012 $15,000.00
12/30/15 Meritage Homes, Inc. 8800 E Raintree Drive #300, Scottsdale, AZ  85260 $25,000.00
1/4/16 Greater Phoenix Leadership Inc 400 E Van Buren Street #825, Phoenix, AZ  85004 $70,000.00
1/4/16 Home Builders Association of Central AZ 7740 N 16th Street #385, Phoenix, AZ  85020 $20,000.00
1/12/16 Arizona Charter Schools Association 1825 E Northern Ave #275, Phoenix, AZ 85020 $10,000.00
1/14/16 Tom and Jan Lewis 5751 N Yucca Rd, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253 $25,000.00
1/19/16 Western Alliance Bancorporation One East Washington Street #1950, Phoenix, AZ 85004 $25,000.00
1/20/16 Wells Fargo Bank N.A. 90 S 7th St, Minneapolis, MN 55479 $25,000.00
1/21/16 Jack Biltis 20815 N Cave Creek Rd, Phoenix, AZ  85024 $10,000.00
1/21/16 Grand Canyon University 3300 W Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ  85017 $50,000.00
1/26/16 Arizona Cardinals Football Club PO Box 888, Phoenix, AZ  85001 $50,000.00
1/28/16 Bruce T. Halle 20225 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85255 $1,000,000.00
1/29/16 Cox Communications 1550 W Deer Valley, Phoenix, AZ  85027 $25,000.00
1/29/16 The Friends of ASBA Inc 2100 N Central Ave #200, Phoenix, AZ  85004 $15,000.00
1/29/15 Ira Fulton 4455 St James Place, chandler, AZ  85248 $100,000.00
2/4/16 AEA Education Improvement Fund 345 E Palm Lane, Phoenix, AZ   85004 $15,000.00
2/4/16 Cox Arizona Political Action Committee 1550 W Deer Valley Rd, Phoenix, AZ  85027 $25,000.00
2/5/16 Robert Parsons 15475 N 84th Street, Scottsdale, AZ  85260 $250,000.00
2/5/16 Renee Parsons 15475 N 84th Street, Scottsdale, AZ  85260 $250,000.00
2/17/16 NAIOP Arizona 1702 E Highland Ave #401, Phoenix, AZ 85016 $20,000.00
2/22/16 Arizona Chamber of Commerce 3200 N Central Avenue #1125, Phoenix, AZ  85012 $25,000.00
2/24/16 Mayo Clinic in Arizona 13400 E Shea Blvd, Scottsdale, AZ 85259 $10,000.00
2/25/16 Jim Chamberlain 1050 W Washington St #214, Tempe, AZ 85281 $12,821.91
2/29/16 Honeywell International PAC 101 Constitution NW Ste 500W, Washington, DC 20001 $15,000.00
3/9/16 Health System Alliance of Arizona 3200 N Central Avenue #1125, Phoenix, AZ  85012 $100,000.00
3/9/16 Pima Medical Institute 40 N Swan, Tucson, AZ 85711 $50,000.00
3/11/16 Greater Phoenix Leadership Inc. 400 E Van Buren St #825, Phoenix, AZ 85004 $60,000.00
3/15/16 Northern Arizona University Foundation Inc PO Box 4094, Flagstaff, AZ 86001 $20,000.00
3/16/16 University of Arizona Foundation 1111 N Cherry Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85721 $75,000.00
3/17/16 William Metzler 6900 E Camelback Rd, Scottsdale, AZ $25,000.00
3/18/16 Arizona Chamber of Commerce & Industry 3200 N Central Avenue #1125, Phoenix, AZ  85012 $50,000.00
3/18/16 Steven Evans 5825 E Starlight Way, Paradise Valley, AZ  85253 $10,000.00
3/22/16 Magellan Health 14100 Magellan Plaza, Maryland Heights, MO 63043 $10,000.00
3/24/16 Lee Benson 8921 N Arroya Grande Dr, Phoenix, AZ 85028 $30,000.00
3/24/16 Blandford Homes LLC 3321 E Baseline Rd, Gilbert, AZ  85234 $50,000.00
3/24/16 Greater Phoenix Leadership Inc. 400 E Van Buren St #825, Phoenix, AZ 85004 $25,000.00
3/29/16 UniSource Energy Corporation PO Box 711, Tucson, AZ 85702 $10,000.00
3/31/16 AMA Better Government Fund 818 N 1st St, Phoenix, AZ 85004 $10,000.00
4/5/16 Wells Fargo Bank NA 550 S 4th St MAC N9310-074, Minneapolis, MN 55415 $25,000.00

 

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