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Invest in Arizona (sponsored by AEA and Stand for Children) petitions aim to block the three laws that will gut our state budget and defund public education. The time for action is now: we have only 71 days to collect 150,000 signatures on each referendum. Supporters of education can be trained in signature gathering and may pick up petitions to carry. Three signatures on three petitions = Keep $1B in our schools.

Petitions will be available to sign and/or pick up at the Tucson Education Association 19th from 1-4 pm. Luci Messing (lucibmessing@cox.net or 520-591-7615) will also set up individual pick-ups or deliveries if needed.

Luci Messing has been a champion for public education for more than 40 years. This includes the 31 years she was a teacher in the Tucson Unified School District and continues to this day.

David Lujan led the successful effort to pass Prop. 208, the Invest In Ed ballot initiative in 2020. Lujan is the Director of the Arizona Center for Economic Progress. He is a former member of the state Senate and House of Representatives and has worked in public policy in Arizona for 20 years.

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S.B. 1827: This petition seeks to refer Section 4 of 2021 Laws, Chapter 411 (SB 1827) to the ballot. Section 4 creates a maximum combined individual income tax rate of 4.5%, inclusive of the regular income tax imposed by A.R.S. § 43-1011 and the 3.5% income tax surcharge imposed by A.R.S. § 43-1013 (which was approved by Arizona voters in 2020 as Proposition 208). If a taxpayer’s total tax rate exceeds 4.5%, the regular income tax rate imposed by A.R.S. § 43-1011 would be automatically reduced to cap the taxpayer’s total tax rate at 4.5%.”

S.B. 1828, Sec. 13, 15: This petition seeks to refer to the ballot sections 13 and 15 of 2021 Laws, Chapter 412 (SB 1828). Sections 13 and 15 together create new income tax brackets and rates that apply when state general fund revenue exceeds certain amounts.

SB 1783: This petition seeks to refer 2021 laws chapter 436(SB1783) to the ballot. The principal provisions of this bill would: (a) allow “small business taxpayer(s)” as defined in the bill to elect to report certain forms of income as “small business income” and pay taxes on that income at rates set by the bill and (b) establish new income tax brackets and rates for trusts and estates.

During her years of teaching, Luci Messing became a leader for other education employees, serving in many different elected positions, and became the President of the Tucson Education Association from 2009-2011. She has used her organizing skills to help support and elect pro-public education candidates, and encourage people to lobby the Arizona Legislature for bills that support public education.
Luci is currently the Chair of the Education Council, serves on the Tanque Verde Democrats Board, and is the AEA Retired Political Action Coordinator. She also was on the DGT Board and in 2015, was recognized by the Democrats of Greater Tucson with their Community Outreach Award.
Luci Banales Messing was born in San Bernadino, CA, and grew up in Phoenix. She moved to Tucson in 1972 and graduated from the U of A in 1977 with a Bachelors Degree in Education.
She has been married to Ed Messing since 1982 and has two children – Nick, 35, and Katrina, 30, and son-in-law Parker, 30. Luci retired from TUSD in 2011.
David Lujan is the President and CEO of Children’s Action Alliance. He previously served as the director of the Arizona Center for Economic Progress.

He is a former member of the state Senate and House of Representatives and has worked in public policy in Arizona for 20 years. He served as an assistant attorney general advising the School Facilities Board, legal counsel for the Arizona senate, a staff attorney for a nonprofit providing legal services to abused and neglected children, and as the public policy director for a national nonprofit organization advocating for early childhood education.

David also served as the chief administrator for Arizona State University’s Preparatory Academy in Phoenix, a public charter school for preschool through 12th grade students. David earned his law degree at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at ASU.

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