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Arizona groups seek tax hike on wealthy for education

Posted at 1:20 PM, Jan 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-13 15:20:18-05

PHOENIX (AP) - Arizona's largest teachers union and other groups say they'll ask voters to raise taxes on people with high incomes to pay for teacher raises.

The Arizona Education Association announced plans Monday for a ballot measure that would impose a 3.5 percent income tax on individuals making more than $250,000 or couple earning over $500,000.

It's the latest attempt to boost education funding after the state Supreme Court blocked a similar initiative from the ballot following the 2018 "Red for Ed" teacher walkout.

The strike secured higher wages for teachers, but many education interest groups said it fell short.