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Should Arizona Tax The Rich For Education?

There’s near universal agreement in Arizona that the state needs to increase funding for K-12 education — whether it’s to get back to pre-recession levels or if it’s more ambitious than that. But the proposal to increase taxes on the state’s wealthier residents is where the dramatic disagreement starts.

So is there some common ground to be found when it comes to Invest in Ed? Maybe not, but if the measure makes the ballot and an ultimate outcome puts at least $1 billion toward public schools, that path is a lot smoother.

 Economist Jim Rounds of Rounds Consulting and Sam Richard of Creosote Partners joined The Show to talk about Invest in Ed — and what could or should come next.

Steve Goldstein was a host at KJZZ from 1997 to 2022.