Education First Initiative

Question 1 would require the legislature to appropriate sufficient funds for the state's K-through 12 schools before funding any other portion of the state's budget.

Those who argue in favor of its passage say it would ensure a stable environment for education making it easier to recruit new teachers, help school districts' plan early, protect the Gibbons Tax Restraint Initiative from future court rulings, and remove education from the kind political tug of war we saw in 2003.

Those opposed to the initiative argue it is merely a feel good, campaign ploy to enhance Gibbons' candidacy and would do nothing to increase funding for our schools. They say one budget crisis in the state's history does not warrant a changing the constitution and, they argue, a no vote would simply force the legislature do what they were elected to do.

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