Michael S. Ellegood 
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Re: “Business Leaders Say, Raise Taxes to Fund Schools

You touch on it, David, but the issue deserves more emphasis. Every time we bring up school funding, someone walks out Prop 301 and calls for a sales tax increase. Arizona already has one of the high sales tax rates in the nation, in fact, 11th from the top. We have the lowest property and income taxes, 5th and 6th from the bottom. Ducey and his predecessors claimed lowering income taxes would drive the economy, it has not. So, yes we need more money in education, but we need to raise revenue, an increase in income tax makes more sense that again increasing the sales tax.

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Posted by Michael S. Ellegood on 09/18/2017 at 8:59 AM

Re: “Can Voters Defeat the Vouchers-For-All Law?

If and when this thing gets on the ballot, expect millions of dollars from the pro-voucher movement to pour into the State to defeat it. That said, I hope the people prevail!

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Posted by Michael S. Ellegood on 05/22/2017 at 8:36 AM

Re: “Dare to Say, 'Tax the Rich'

The time has come to start the discussion on raising revenue. For 25 years we have methodically lowered taxes using as a promise that lowering taxes will boost the economy, employment will rise, the economy will boom and the increased economic activity will make up for the short term loss in revenue. But....after 25 years of this it is time for a reality check. Guess what? IT DOESN'T WORK!!!. Instead our state is in an endless cycle of fiscal crisis and, sadly, our greatest resource our kids have born the brunt.
We need to start, at least, to reversing this death spiral, yes we need to raise taxes.
Now consider our choices: Raise income and corporate taxes, raise the property tax or raise sales taxes.
Already our State sales tax is the 11th highest in the nation while our property and income taxes are 5th and 6th from the bottom. Sales tax is generally considered repressive in that it disproportionately impact the poor. So there you have the sad data, read it and weep. Yes we need to raise both income and property taxes. Time to start the discussion. David is right on.

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Posted by Michael S. Ellegood on 04/19/2017 at 11:40 AM

Re: “Increasing Teacher Salaries: Isn't That Econ 101 Stuff?

Politicians, educators, economists and pundits alike can navel gaze and pontificate all day and night but the reality is:
1. Arizona has grossly underfunded education.
2. This issue is, pure and simple, a lack of resources at the State level because of 25 years worth of unsustainable and irresponsible tax cuts.
3. The only way out of this is to raise revenue, that means tax increases and the elimination of tax credits but these are not possible in the current political climate.

THERE I SAID IT: WE HAVE TO RAISE TAXES!!!

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Posted by Michael S. Ellegood on 01/26/2017 at 9:45 AM

Re: “A Dollar a Day, and Other Observations About Ducey's Education Funding Proposal

But we are robbing Peter to pay Paul. The Highway Trust Fund was established as a "trust fund" to prevent raids like this. Taking money from the already under-funded highway system will just assure continued deterioration of our State highways, especially the rural parts of the State. While I strongly support our public schools and have personally given tens of thousands of dollars to public school classrooms through www.adoptaclassroom.org, I cannot support robbing our road money. Remember, the annual fiscal crisis at the legislature has been brought on by over two decades of irresponsible tax cuts by a succession of administrations. Time to reverse course, methinks.

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Posted by Michael S. Ellegood on 01/18/2017 at 7:19 AM

Re: “More Money For Schools Leads to Better Outcomes, According To Two Recent Studies

Very interesting opinion piece. I only with that David had listed his data sources so that a reader could research them.
On a different but related subject, after numerous trips to the Legislature advocating for education funding, I am absolutely convinced that data, results, facts mean absolutely noting to the ideology driven members of our legislature. "Cut taxes at all cost" seems to be the recurring mantra down there.

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Posted by Michael S. Ellegood on 12/23/2016 at 7:05 AM

Re: “The Skinny

It's been 25 years since the gas tax has been raised. It certainly has not kept pace with inflation, meanwhile mileage has improved greatly and we have a huge pent up demand for more roads, better roads, more lanes and "wheninhell is ADOT going to fix SR whatever". To add insult to injury, our circumspect legislature has raided HURF dollars (money from the feds) to fund DPS. IMHO, we need to do two things; (1) increase the gas tax, the time has never been better, (2) pass legislation that will keep the legislators sticky fingers out of highway construction funds.
Let's quit with "No taxes at all cost mantra" and do what needs to be done.

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Posted by Michael S. Ellegood on 12/08/2016 at 9:50 AM

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