Arizona Voters – Take Notice

Submitted by Jonothan Paton

In Arizona a Propositions numbering means something.

Any proposition starting with a 1 is affects the state constitution.

Any proposition starting with a 2 means it was initiated by the people. Normally what this really means is that an out of state interest group (like the unions) are paying circulators to get signatures.

Any proposition starting with a 3 means that the legislature referred something to the ballot or a group is forcing a referendum on something the legislature passed.

Any proposition starting with a 4 means it’s local — like a bond override, etc.

How I voted on the Propositions

Prop 125–Vote YES
This is a procedural change to align Correctional Officers Retirement Plan (CORP) with the prop approved from last year. Everyone supports the Legislature, Union, newspapers, etc

Prop 126–Vote NO
126 would change Arizona’s Constitution to prohibit taxes on services versus just merchandise.
Usually, I vote yes to lower taxes but this one doesn’t do that, it just locks our sales tax code in the AZ Constitution into perpetuity. This is just bad governance, AZ is already protected from future tax increases under Prop 108 from a few years ago which requires a 2/3 vote to raise taxes. This one is driven by special interests.

Prop 127–Vote NO
Climate change is real and we need to do something about it. While this proposition may feel good, it’s a simply a bad idea. This prop would constitutionally mandate that AZ is powered by 50% renewable energy within the next tens years. First I oppose changing our state Constitution to regulate our power, things (esp technology) change let’s be flexible. It would raise pollution levels in the short-term because we have to close Palo Verde nuclear plant. Lastly, it would dramatically raise our power rates for the next 10 year dramatically.

Prop 305–Vote YES
I believe parents know what’s best for their children’s education, 305 gives them the opportunity to make that decision.  
Either way, the education program (ESA) is capped at 30,000 students and includes new transparency and accountability with rules. So even if you disagree, why not give other parents the ability to educate their children as they see fit. 

Prop 306–Vote YES
This is a funky little issue that needs to be corrected so that taxpayer money stops going to the political parties. In 2016 it was discovered that candidates that finance their campaign with taxpayer money funneled over $100,000 of those funds to political parties. Prop 306 would prohibit any taxpayer-funded candidate from giving those funds to political parties or special interest groups. If you take money from the government, use it as you said you would.