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Ducey says tax levy needs to stay to fund education

Wed, Mar 15, 2017


PHOENIX -- Gov. Doug Ducey is finally willing to talk about keeping public schools from falling off a financial cliff after 2020.

And it involves a word at which he normally blanches: taxes.

Ducey said late Tuesday he is supportive of efforts to ask voters to extend the the 0.6-cent sales tax surcharge they approved in 2000. That money, about $650 million a year at current sales, goes to fund teacher salaries.

But absent voter approval, the levy self destructs in 2020.

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