Court: AZ education funding must account for inflation
Jan. 22, 2013
The Arizona Republic reported that the state Court of Appeals ruled this month that the Legislature must abide by Proposition 301, a ballot measure approved by voters in 2000 that required annual inflation adjustments to the base education-funding formula:
David Berman, a senior policy analyst at the Morrison Institute for Public Policy at Arizona State University, called the ruling “a victory for ballot-box budgeting and also for the Voter Protection Act.”
While voter-mandated spending puts the Legislature in a straitjacket and makes budgeting more difficult, Berman said, lawmakers need to heed the will of voters.
“The Legislature has got to start paying attention to what the voters want,” he said. “I know that sounds revolutionary, but the law is quite clear.”