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Arizona won't kill school sports — and itself

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With 14 of 15 counties reporting — including its largest, Maricopa — Arizona appears to have passed Proposition 100 by a 64-36 margin. Prop 100, passed first by the state’s legislature, raises Arizona’s state sales tax from 5.6 percent to 6.6 percent through 2013, providing an extra $1 billion to schools, health care and public safety, and preventing an immediate $900 million cut — $450 million of it to education — in the state budget.

For purposes of this blog, passage means that Arizona schools will not be eliminating or greatly reducing their sports programs.

As you might recall, in my Prop 100 preview, I talked a lot about how Arizona was making itself the capital of Scared Old White People, what with all the anti-immigrant legislation and the threat of voting down Prop 100 despite knowing the trigger would be pulled on some draconian cuts. With Prop 100’s passage, perhaps Arizona does need to build its Scared Old White People Capitol building yet.

However — and I say this as someone who has broken the tape on 40 — a quote like this one from the Arizona Republic makes me wonder if health reform legislation missed the boat by not really having death panels.

But for Tempe residents Al and Joan Laninga, both retired and registered Republicans, the proponents’ campaign was not necessarily persuasive – at least not in the way it was intended.

Joan, 71, a retired private school teacher, said the amount of the tax was insignificant and she had initially considered supporting the tax hike, but the campaign changed her mind.

“First it was all about having enough police and fire,” she said. “When they changed their focus to education, I figured the whole thing was a scare tactic.”

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Written by rkcookjr

May 19, 2010 at 12:02 am

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  1. As someone whose related to a few of those scared white people you mentioned, I had to laugh. Good thing Arizona took the high road on this one.

    btw, am a huge fan, recovering crazy soccer, basketball, baseball and swimming mom, and have been following you for awhile. Was interested to see we share a similar view of the gunslinging soccer dad in Muskegon. Love this blog!

    Kathy
    http://outandemployed.wordpress.com

    kathymurray

    May 20, 2010 at 12:40 pm

  2. Kathy: I am flattered and humbled. And given your blog is about ex-offenders making their way back into real life, I’d say there are plenty of subjects in this blog who could stand to read yours.

    Bob Cook

    May 20, 2010 at 10:07 pm


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