DeWit Doubles Down Opposition To Ducey’s Prop 123 Scheme

On Thursday, surrounded by children playing, Arizona Treasurer Jeff Dewit held a press conference at a children’s-style pizza parlor outlining the multiple reasons why he does not support Prop 123. “I have been very disappointed by the tactics used by proponents of Prop 123, and how they have pushed the bill,” began DeWit.

DeWit continued, “In fact, if they were a private business they could be sued for fraud; with fraudulent advertising. They say it will not raise taxes. Prop 123 does, in fact, raise property taxes. They say it is more money for teachers – Prop 123 has no requirement that any of the money goes to teachers. So we need a better plan.

DeWit then laid out his plan based the fact that Arizona is flush. DeWit argues that because revenues are high, there is no need to risk the State Land Trust Fund. He said the State’s surplus could be used to fund schools – even up to double the amount provided by Prop 123 – or fund prisons instead of schools.

Ducey, a darling of the private prison industry appears to be choosing prisons.

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Some in the private sector have been pouring money into Ducey’s scheme. They have gone so far as to bring in campaign forces from out of state, and hire the likes of Sam Stone to wine and dine Republican Party activists, as part of the effort to enlist foot soldiers for the cause.

Those particular tactics may be the subject of an inquiry attorney Tom Ryan will be making of Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich as to whether Ducey and company have illegally offered inducements to voters.

Many Republicans who had come out in favor of Prop 12 initially, after learning of the fine financial shape of the state, now silently oppose the proposition. Unlike DeWit, who has been willing to stand up to the governor and his deep-pocketed supporters and notoriously vicious staff, Republican lawmakers are afraid of incurring Ducey’s wrath. As a result, DeWit has earned kudos from Democrat leaders and Republican grassroots, while being subjected to childish and ugly attacks and intimidation from the governor’s minions.

Prop 123 was crafted by Ducey before he was aware of the State’s good financial health in an effort to settle a lawsuit over school funding. Because of its failings, Prop 123 is expected to spur more lawsuits.

4 Comments

  1. Ducey is a master of the bait and switch. He knows the state is cash flush and there is plenty of money to pay the judgment out of the General Fund. But this way he can look like the super hero who saved the children. It’s a pyrrhic victory. By the time anyone notices, though, Ducey will be many years out of office and another governor will be left to clean up the mess.

  2. Thank God for people like DeWit! That money will never go directly to the teachers or the classrooms of public education; it will go to prisons, charter schools, etc. Remember how they made all those commercials with teachers for Prop. 301 like they are doing now? That money didn’t get to the teachers without jumping through hoops and requirements. The legislators changed how that money was going to be doled out after it passed because they advertised it totally different than how it played out. I am voting no on prop 123 because it stinks to high heaven and it will ruin any income for education in the long run well after Ducey and his cronies are gone.

  3. All of the Robo-calls I’ve received this week alone, demanding that I vote “Yes” on Prop 123 have been enough to make me vote a solid “No.” Apart from that, after watching the education profession go to H-E-Double Toothpicks for the last 32 years & knowing that money from Prop 123 will only increase upper echelon administrators within the districts, I’m voting “No” & will encourage others to do the same. Recall Ducey!

  4. I know teachers need more money. I know that during former Governor years in power she focuses on hate and not Love to conquer.

    It is clear under Republican Leadership that education has greatly suffered. There idea of education is to build more prison beds as a future for our youth.

    This prop #123 only pays 70+ % of what is owed. It takes the Legislature off the hook for NOT following the Law as approved by people of Arizona. Now they want us the public to pay for this again. Hell no!!

    I will vote NO as well. One last thought just because the money is giving to School districts does not mean that money will go to teachers who deserve it. I bet any of you who follow TUSD can bet all high payed folks like HT will enjoy huge increases while the teachers receive token moderate increases.

    I will VOTE NO on 123. I support education and we need a Legislature that foes just that.

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