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Letter: Prop. 204 promotes funds for an educated workforce

EDITOR:

Our legislators' comments in the Saturday, Sept. 8, article about Prop. 204, are not true.

This proposition is on the ballot because our state has had $1 billion cut from education in the last few years, more than any other state and we are now 50th in per capita student spending. It's on the ballot because the citizens of Arizona don't trust our legislature when it comes to education. The legislators don't like the idea that they can't touch the money, unlike the current 1 percent tax that expires in May, which they swept for the general fund.

Prop. 204 is named "Quality Education & Jobs" because it is focused on an educated workforce that will attract stable employers and not have a state that depends on the cyclical construction industry for jobs.

Our legislators are not familiar with the proposition or the accountability measures built into it. As to Andy Tobin's comment that the money won't get to the students, read the proposition. Scholarship funds are reinstated for community colleges and universities. JTED money is reinstated. $625/student goes to the school districts. Our legislators want control, not progress.

Sharon Scanlan

Prescott

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