Republic reporters Lily Altavena and Richard Ruelas on Nov. 4, 2020, discuss Proposition 208, the education tax measure born out of the #RedForEd movement.

Arizona Republic

Arizona voters have approved Proposition 208, a measure that would raise money for educator salaries by taxing the state’s highest earners.

The measure, also known as the Invest in Education Act, would raise revenue primarily for educator salaries by adding a 3.5% tax surcharge on taxable income over $250,000 for individuals and $500,000 for couples. A small fraction of taxpayers would be affected. 

The Associated Press declared the measure a winner shortly after 8 p.m. Thursday. 

Proposition 208’s leaders said at a news conference on Tuesday night they believed the measure would earn voters’ approval.

“Voters agree that strong schools mean a strong economy,” said Rebecca Gau, executive director of Stand for Children, the organization supporting Proposition 208. 


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