Urge Arizona AG and State Legislative Leaders to Not Waste Taxpayer Dollars in Pointless Appeal

January 25, 2013
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The Arizona Court of Appeals ruled this month that the Legislature must start FULLY funding inflation, as voters mandated in Prop. 301.
  (The Legislature had tried to use a loophole in the ballot language to avoid making these payments.)  This year, this would amount to $74 million or about $74 a student.  To figure out what this would mean for your district, multiply the number of students in your district by $74.  (The Legislature continued to fund inflation for charter schools, so the court ruling will not affect charter funding.)
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Not surprisingly, legislative leadership wants to appeal this case to the Arizona Supreme Court even though Attorney General Tom Horne is reluctant to do so
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It’s time for the Legislature to abide by voter will and appellate court decisions.  Please tell them so and encourage Tom Horne to hold the line and not appeal. The clock is ticking; an appeal must be filed by mid-February.
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Please urge Tom Horne, Senate President Andy Biggs and Speaker of the House, Andy Tobin, to save taxpayer dollars and not file a pointless appeal.  Please make these three phone calls today:
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Attorney General Tom Horne: (602) 542-5025
Senate President Andy Biggs:  (602) 926-4371
Speaker of the House, Andy Tobin: (602) 926-5172
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Read the Arizona Court of Appeals Opinion here.
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Court: Ariz. education spending must account for inflation
~ Arizona Republic, MaryJo Pitzl, January 15, 2013

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