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Arizona Education Association president fears massive losses for education funding

The Arizona Supreme Court recently ruled that Proposition 307 would not be on the November ballot. The measure would have allowed voters to decide on tax cuts from last year’s state legislative session. 

The cuts were passed as a reaction to Proposition 208’s tax on wealthy Arizonans. Proposition 208 was ruled unconstitutional by a Maricopa County judge last month.

Joe Thomas is the president of the Arizona Education Association, which spearheaded the movement to pass Propuosition 208 to fund Arizona’s schools.

“It’s going to have kind of a double-whammy impact, the loss of 208 and the court deciding that they’re going to push these tax cuts through, and not give voters the opportunity to weigh in on them,” said Thomas.

Thomas says the loss of Proposition 208 would cost Arizona schools about $800 million.

Those in favor of both rulings call them a win for state taxpayers.

Vaughan Jones is the weekend reporter for KJZZ, and a graduate of ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in sports journalism, with a minor in music. As a Phoenix native, Jones’s dream is to serve his community by covering important stories in the metropolitan area.He spent two years as music director at Blaze Radio, ASU’s student-run radio station. His passion for radio stems from joining Blaze his freshman year as a DJ.When he is not working, Jones can be found writing music with his band, playing video games with his friends, or watching his favorite Phoenix-area sports teams.