Voter's guide to Prop 204 and Prop 121

Voter's guide to Prop 204 and Prop 121

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Several propositions on the 2012 Arizona ballot are getting a lot of attention.

Prop 204

It's critical for our kids and for our states economy, how will you vote on a one cent permanent sales tax? That's what Prop 204 is all about.

Supporters say it would help schools and children, ensuring $800 million is earmarked for educational programs.

"This is led by volunteer parents who stepped up and stepped forward because what we saw happening in our children's classrooms," said Ann Eve Pedersen, with the Arizona Education Network.

Money would also go to fund public transportation infrastructure and human services.

The Arizona Education Network says Arizona leads the nation in cuts to education, and the money is needed.

"If you put money into education, you're going to get a huge return on that small investment," said Pedersen.

The current one cent sales tax Arizonans pay is set to expire and Governor Brewer, along with other local leaders, says let it go.

They are against the tax because Arizona is already second in the nation for having the highest state and local sales tax combined.

"I think it would be devastating for our economy long term," said Doug Ducey, AZ State Treasurer.

They think the sales tax would discourage businesses from moving here and it doesn't necessarily mandate the money from the tax goes towards classroom and students.

"You don't raise taxes on hardworking Arizonans when you have cash in the bank. If we have money, use the money we have right now. Don't raise taxes," said Ducey.

Prop 121

The other big talker on the ballot could change the way we vote forever: Prop 121, which was introduced by former Phoenix mayor Paul Johnson.

It would create an open primary, which means all voters, regardless of party affiliation, can vote.

The top 2 candidates will move on to the general election, regardless of their party affiliation.

Prop 457

In Glendale, everyone's talking about Prop 457. It would reverse a sales tax increase that took effect in August, increasing sales tax to 1.9 percent through 2017.

If the initiative fails, the increase will remain in place. If it passes, the city says they will have to make #25 million in budget cuts.

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