So where is it in the Arizona Constitution that running a corporation here is supposed to be as “nearly free as possible”?

30 Nov 2009 08:55 pm
Posted by: Donna

I haven’t seen that clause, have you? There is much written into our state’s founding document on education. The Arizona Constitution established a mandate for public higher education in the state – instruction be “as nearly free as possible.” It also stipulates that “the legislature shall make such appropriations, to be met by taxation, as shall insure the proper maintenance of all state educational institutions, and shall make such special appropriations as shall provide for their development and improvement.”

Our Constitution doesn’t say a single thing about the need to make appropriations to provide for the development and improvement of multinational corporations and utilities like APS. So why is it that our Legislature has, for the past two decades, acted as if that was their mandate instead of the one the state constitution laid out for them?

I and a lot of college students facing tuition hikes would like to know the answer to that.


  1. Comment by Mark Manoil on November 30, 2009 9:51 pm

    I think you may have uncovered a great idea:
    “truth squads” made up of college students in every legislative district to explain the betrayal of our state constitution that you describe. At least maybe they can get their parents to stop voting Repubican.

  2. Comment by Timmys Cat on December 1, 2009 9:41 am

    Sheesh! You collegians with your high priced lobbyists and huge politcal donations still can’t get the legislature to support education?


  3. Comment by Simon says: on December 1, 2009 3:05 pm

    Good angle Donna.

  4. Comment by Alan Scott on December 9, 2009 8:38 pm

    Why is it someone else’s job to pay for your college education? In case you do not know it, your State is in competition to attract businesses. If you over tax them, like say California or what’s the other moron State, yes that’s it New York, businesses leave. That whistling noise you hear. Those would be the jobs you hear leaving your State.

  5. Comment by Donna on December 9, 2009 8:40 pm

    Uh huh. And then those jobs leave the country because the titans of industry claim that our schools aren’t producing qualified workers.

  6. Comment by Alan Scott on December 11, 2009 5:40 pm

    Could it be that our schools are run by the public school teacher’s unions? Could it be that those teacher union’s do not care about the students? Could it be that they also do not care about the taxpayer? You remember the taxpayers, the suckers who pay the bills?

    And no those jobs only leave the stupid States. Did I mention New York and California? I hear California is really mad at Nevada, because Nevada is openly advertising to California’s taxpayers. Basically, they are saying to the wealthy, come here we won’t screw you. I understand it is working wonderfully. I also understand that the higher California raises it’s taxes, the less money comes in? How can that be?

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