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Tax plan to offer preschool scholarships for Tucson children fails

November 8, 2017
Hank Stephenson and Ava Garcia
Arizona Daily Star

The old adage that politics makes strange bedfellows was certainly true of the coalition opposing Tucson’s Proposition 204, which aimed to increase the city sales tax by a half-penny to pay for preschool vouchers.

The proposition, dubbed Strong Start Tucson, failed by a wide margin in Tuesday’s election, garnering just 34 percent of the vote after the vast majority of ballots were counted Tuesday night. There are still roughly 4,000 uncounted ballots that will not be calculated until at least Wednesday, but there are not enough ballots for the proposition to rebound.

The measure’s defeat was due in no small part to the vociferous campaign against the measure that united local Democrats, Republicans and groups like Americans for Prosperity — a right-wing political advocacy group funded by the Koch brothers.