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Green Valley News and Sun
Saturday, June 30, 2012
The Arizona Tax Research Association discovered the difference, which in the online version states that if more than $1.5 billion is raised by the 1-cent sales tax, $350 million would be allocated to higher education programs.
Arizona Capitol Reports
Friday, June 29, 2012
McCarthy said for the Quality Education and Jobs Committee to say the two-version error was a “hyper-technicality” is to “suggest people don’t care about the actual wording of initiatives.”
Arizona Daily Star
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Tim Steller
Regardless, McCarthy says, the big problem with the initiative is that it imposes "ballot-box budgeting" on the Legislature by requiring where the revenue must flow.
AZ Capitol Times
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Luige del Puerto
Kevin McCarthy, president of the Arizona Tax Research Association, said his group found out there was two versions of the ballot language when it did its analysis using a copy of the initiative language it downloaded from the Quality Education and Jobs campaign website.
CBS 5 Arizona
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Jason Barry
According to McCarthy, the missing paragraphs change how hundreds of millions of dollars will be spent. "The permanence is associated with not only the tax, but appropriations and tying legislators' hands forever," said McCarthy. "Recent memories demonstrated that's really a bad idea."
The Arizona Republic
Monday, June 25, 2012
Mary Jo Pitzl
ATRA's group's analysis shows the version circulated to voters would deprive K-12 education of millions of dollars a year after the 1 cent per dollar tax collected more than $1.1 billion in any given year.
Arizona Daily Star
Monday, June 25, 2012
Howard Fischer
McCarthy said the paper version — the one the Secretary of State’s Office has posted online — gives more to education than the version actually circulated, which diverts more for construction projects. That difference of who benefits, he said, amounts to hundreds of millions of dollars a year
The Arizona Republic
Thursday, June 21, 2012
Mary Jo Pitzl
That omission makes a "very substantive" difference, said Kevin McCarthy, executive director of the Arizona Tax Research Association. "It's nowhere close to a minor change," he said.
East Valley Tribune
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Howard Fischer
Kevin McCarthy, executive director of the Arizona Tax Research Association, which opposes the initiative, found the flaw and called it to Bennett’s attention.
Arizona Capitol Times
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Jeremy Duda and Luige del Puerto
McCarthy said ATRA staff did spot checks of petitions being circulated, and all four they came across were using ballot language from the Quality Education and Jobs website, not the Secretary of State’s Office.


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