The Invest in Education Act will restore $940 million annually in education funding through a small income-tax surcharge on only the highest earners and ensure, by law, that those dollars are spent where they’re needed most — on teachers, counselors, aides, support services and career and technical education.

Households with taxable incomes of $501,000 or individuals with taxable incomes of $251,000 will pay $35 per year via a 3.5 percent surcharge on just the amount that exceeds $500,000 and $250,000. The remaining 99 percent of Arizona taxpayers won’t pay a cent more.

This initiative is led by the Arizona Education Association, Stand for Children, Arizona Interfaith Network, the Center for Economic Progress and Children’s Action Alliance. These advocates stepped up with this fair and modest solution after politicians continued — year after year — to fail our kids.

Restoring funding to solve the teacher-shortage crisis, lower class sizes, hire aides and counselors, and expand career and technical education is critical for not just Arizona‘s kids — but Arizona’s economy — to succeed. 

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Invest in Ed is a ballot initiative that puts children first. It restores critical funding for education so that Arizona schools can keep and attract the best teachers and provide our children with the quality education they deserve. There’s no time to wait -- we must invest in our children now for a strong, vibrant Arizona.