FLAGSTAFF, AZ, October 17, 2018 – Northern Arizona Leadership Alliance’s (NALA) members have voted to oppose Proposition 127, known as “Clean Energy for a Healthy Arizona.” NALA’s board of directors had previously voted to oppose Proposition 126, the “Protect Arizona Taxpayers Act” and Proposition 305, “Expansion of Empowerment Scholarship Accounts.” In opposing these three measures, NALA recommends a no vote on these statewide initiatives on the 2018 ballot.
Proposition 126 is a ballot initiative that would prevent local and state governments from levying a tax on any services in Arizona. In signaling their opposition to the proposition, the board expressed concern for the significant step of a constitutional amendment to ban taxation of services when Arizona lawmakers have not attempted to tax services in the first place.
Proposition 127 would amend the Arizona constitution to mandate that non-governmental utilities obtain 50 percent of the power they deliver from renewable sources by 2030. The mandate states that the law shall take effect “irrespective of costs to consumers,” significantly raising heating and air conditioning costs for schools, low-income households and damaging small businesses.
And Proposition 305, if passed would enable private school tuition to be funded with public taxpayer money. NALA was against the expansion of vouchers in the 2017 legislative session and believes that we must expand resources for traditional public education to all Arizonan’s before we expand the voucher system.
About Northern Arizona Leadership Alliance
NALA was formed in 2004 as Flagstaff Forty by a small group of committed Flagstaff-area business, community and education leaders as a mechanism for discussing, studying, and where appropriate, addressing critical needs of our community and state. Today NALA’s 50 nonpartisan members represent the largest organizations in Northern Arizona, with the mission of bringing business, education, and nonprofit leaders together to improve Northern Arizona by addressing critical issues in our community. More information is available at www.naleaders.org.
T Paul Thomas