State Senator Steve Yarbrough Praying for God to Talk Jan Brewer Into Signing Bill Benefiting His Scholarship Business

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Arizona Legislature
He doesn't know when to quit.

​State Senator Steve Yarbrough is praying for Jan Brewer to sign an amended bill benefiting his side business, which she originally rejected last week as "unbalanc[ing] the budget."

SB 1186, the "2011 tax corrections act," passed the Arizona House and Senate yesterday. It is a revised bill that would increase a current Arizona tax credit from $500 to $750 for donating to a "scholarship organization." Basically, Arizona allows you to decline to pay taxes, up to $500, if you take that money and give it to "scholarship organizations" -- like Yarbrough's Arizona Christian School Tuition Organization.

The legislation Brewer rejected was known as HB 2581.

Yarbrough's Christian School Tuition Organization reportedly is the largest such group in the state and took in $11.4 million in tax dollars during 2007, according to the Arizona Education Association. No wonder he's pushing it so hard.

As originally reported in the East Valley Tribune, the tax credit cost Arizona $43.2 million dollars last year, but that isn't stopping Yarbrough.

In fact, he insists the credits save the state money by "reducing what Arizona needs to provide in state aid to public schools." Flagstaff Democrat Tom Chabin chafes at the assertion, calling it "irrelevant" whether the bill reduces revenues. He says it's less money for education across the board, which is unacceptable.

Yarbrough's current version of the bill eliminates provisions that would allow corporations to write off big money to these scholarships. The Tribune points out that Yarbrough is trying to address the issues Brewer had with the original legislation, but her office remains skeptical of any bill that "blows giant holes in the budget."

We're not saying private schools are bad or that Yarbrough's organization and others like it are necessarily poor investments. We're saying Yarbrough's push for the governor to sign this legislation is embarrassingly self-serving, and Brewer should reject it accordingly.


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bcschira
bcschira

You voted against expanding Medicaid?  Shame on you. 

Stone7blue
Stone7blue

Representative Yarbrough may only pay himself $100,000 but his expenses are well over $500,000. It is his building, his staff, his travel, etc. Someone needs to call him to task on taking the money after it is his legislation that makes it possible.

Mistalee
Mistalee

Oh Lord, won't ya buy me a Mercedes Benz.

Clearly, in Yarborough's topsy-turvy world, Yarborough calls the shots, it is God's job to do as Yarborough tells him.

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Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

It appears the senator is just another loser who pretends he cares about religion when he thinks it might help. Even Mrs. Brewer has demonstrated recently that she doesn't buy all that stuff. Give it a rest, senator. Save your prayers for important things, like family safety and miracle healing of terminal folks... otherwise it appears you truly are a phony...

Andrew Zahn
Andrew Zahn

Looks like this Senator cares more about lining his pockets than fixing our sinkhole economy. This state really is an embarrassment all around. Its also ironic that people blame government employees like teachers for state budget problems (like in Wisconsin) and then completely ignore the most greedy, useless civil servants of them all, Senators. Their salaries are at least double than that of teachers, police, etc.

concerned :/
concerned :/

Senator Yarbrough has been doing this without much scrutiny of the press or the citizens.It seems that Arizonans are happy to be ripped off of their hard earned tax money by double dippers like him. Yes, we pay his salary as a State Senator plus a great salary from our (again ) our taxes for having the kindness of administrating scholarships in religious schools.Talk about milking the system!It is not far fetched to assume that this scholarships may be benefiting political allies too.Somebody needs to dig into the files and research into who really gets the scholarships.

No God - Know Peace !
No God - Know Peace !

Steve, Sorry I'm the one who tells you this, but...

There is no God.

All that God bullshit is made up - and rather poorly, in my opinion.

You need to come to terms with the realities of our world, Homie.

Good luck, otherwise.

Pit Boss
Pit Boss

Let's hope God tells him to go fuck himself.

david saint
david saint

im wondering why those same poeple who called for Wilcox to be investigated over her airport contracts will call for an investigation into Yarbrough when he is actually pimping this legislation that would greatly benefit him. If you dont recall, MCSO had accused Wilcox of participating in votes on issues she was involved in (when she hadnt)..it seems if your a right wing state congressman its ok though...

jenna
jenna

"Representative Yarbrough pays himself salary of almost $100,000 per year.

This story raises concern for the integrity of the House of Representatives because Representative Yarbrough was the Chair of the House Ethics Committee when the original Corporate Tuition Tax Credit bill passed and he was its sponsor. He now Chairs the Ways and Means Committee that is responsible for tax policy.

Finally, considering Arizona's general fund has a deficit of over $1 billion that will increase next year, it would be wise to put an end to the drain of revenue caused by the tuition tax credit programs."

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