A coaltion called "Quality Education and Jobs" is pushing a one-cent sales tax increase directed at new spending and the initial reception has been tepid indeed.
The Republic's Bob Robb pounced on the plan...
The initiative filed last week to enact a permanent one percent sale tax to replace the expiring temporary one won’t do anything to alleviate this general fund shortfall. In fact, for most state agencies, it will make it worse.
That shouldn't be too surprising considering that Robb is considered a conservative columnist.
But here's what the Arizona Daily Star said.
Their kitchen-sink approach and the jargon-laced insistence that the measure would create "incentives" for schools that are tied to "performance measures" reek of new bureaucracy and still more intrusions on local schools by the state.
When you draft an initiative, the goal is to make it broad enough to appeal to a large coalition. The danger is that you can cobble together so many different interests that no one likes the final product. This inititiative with its mix of education and freeway funding has followed the second path...it's like ketchup and ice cream--two great tastes that go badly together.
Any plan that can draw the ire of Bob Robb and the Star Editorial Board is destined to collapse of its own weight.
Here's predicting that it doesn't even make the ballot.