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Here is how Arizona voters weighed in on Tuesday’s propositions

Nov 6, 2018, 9:14 PM | Updated: Nov 8, 2018, 10:09 am

PHOENIX — Arizona voters voiced their opinions on several ballot initiatives during Tuesday’s election.

The initiatives — Propositions 125, 126, 127, 305 and 306 — dealt with everything from state pensions to a professional services tax to private schools.

Propositions 126 and 127 were the first two to be called on Tuesday, according to the Associated Press.

Proposition 126, which would amend the Arizona Constitution to ban professional services taxes on any services that are not taxed as of Dec. 31, 2017, passed with a 65 percent yes vote.

Proposition 127, which aimed to amend Arizona’s Constitution and require utilities to get 50 percent of their energy from renewable sources, like solar and wind, by the year 2030, failed with a 69 percent no vote.

Here is a deep dive on Tuesday’s propositions:


Proposition 125:

What was it?

Proposition 125 aimed to amend the Arizona Constitution to allow for two state pension plans — Corrections Officer Retirement Plan and the Elected Officials’ Retirement Plan — to be adjusted.

Based on Senate Bills 1442 and 2545, it would make an exception to the current prohibition against diminishing or impairing public retirement system benefits.

How did Arizona voters vote?

Arizonans approved the proposition with a 52 percent yes vote.

What does this mean for Arizonans?

Voters authorized the Arizona Legislature to adjust elected officials’ and corrections officers’ retirement plans to remove a four percent benefit increase and replace it with a maximum of two percent cost of living increase.

Proposition 126:

What was it?

Proposition 126 aimed to amend the Arizona Constitution to ban professional services taxes on any services that are not taxed as of Dec. 31, 2017.

The ban includes services such as real estate, accounting and health care, including doctor visits.

The proposition also stated that counties and local municipalities cannot get around this by imposing their own professional service tax. However, if local improvements are needed, they could make special assessments.

How did Arizona voters vote?

Voters approved the proposition with a 65 percent yes vote.

What does this mean for Arizonans?

Arizonans will now support prohibiting state and local governments from enacting new taxes or increasing tax rates on services in Arizona.

Proposition 127:

What was it?

Proposition 127 aimed to amend Arizona’s Constitution and require utilities to get 50 percent of their energy from renewable sources, like solar and wind, by the year 2030.

That would be a big jump from the current renewable-energy standard, which requires utilities to get 15 percent of their energy from renewable sources by the year 2025.

How did Arizona voters vote?

Voters shut down the proposition with a 69 percent no vote.

What does this mean for Arizonans?

Arizona will leave in place its existing renewable energy requirements of 15 percent by 2025.

Proposition 305:

What was it?

Gov. Doug Ducey signed Senate Bill 1431 into law in April 2017.

The bill would make all of the state’s public school students in kindergarten through twelfth grade eligible to apply for the Empowerment Scholarship Account program, which provides state funds for parents who choose to send their children to private schools.

Currently, only public school students who have special needs, are in foster care, are in military families, are a sibling of a student in the program, live on an Indian reservation, or have a parent who is legally blind or deaf are eligible to apply.

Shortly after the bill was signed, six women who met at legislative hearings for SB 1431 and were opposed to the legislation organized the veto referendum campaign Save Our Schools Arizona.

In September 2017, Secretary of State Michele Reagan announced that enough signatures were verified to place the veto referendum on the ballot as Proposition 305.

How did Arizona voters vote?

Arizona voters rejected the controversial proposition with a 67 percent no vote.

What does this mean for Arizonans?

Senate Bill 1431, which would make all of Arizona’s public school students eligible to apply for the Empowerment Scholarship Account program, will be repealed.

Proposition 306:

What was it?

Proposition 306 aimed to prohibit Arizona candidates who use Clean Elections funding from transferring any campaign funds to a political party or any tax-exempt organization that attempts to influence elections.

It would also subject the commission to regulatory oversight.

How did Arizona voters vote?

Voters approved the proposition with a 56 percent yes vote.

What does this mean for Arizonans?

Arizonans supported the measure to block candidates from using public financing to give funds to political parties or tax-exempt organizations and require the Citizens Clean Election Commission’s proposed rules to be approved by the Governor’s Regulatory Review Council.

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Here is how Arizona voters weighed in on Tuesday’s propositions