In an Oct. 6 letter offered solely to Fox Information, Biggs instructed Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Small Enterprise Administration chief Jovita Carranza he was “alarmed” to study from constituents that an Oregon-based non-profit, Stand for Kids, was “a serious recipient of between $1-2 million” in Paycheck Safety Program (PPP) funding from final spring’s CARES Act.

The group contributed nicely over $3 million within the second quarter of 2020 to advocate for an Arizona poll initiative, Proposition 208, that might increase state revenue taxes to fund public training, Biggs wrote, asking the company heads to assessment the reviews.


“I’m disturbed {that a} nonprofit seemingly took benefit of a program designed to assist employers meet fundamental payroll wants as a way to extravagantly fund a extremely charged advocacy effort,” he continued.

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Stand for Kids has vehemently denied that any cash from PPP loans has been used for its help of Prop 208, noting that its neighborhood applications and lobbying efforts are dealt with by separate organizations with comparable names.

Stand for Kids Management Heart Inc. is a 501(c)(3) public charity that devotes its assets to instructional actions. Such organizations, to which donations are tax-deductible, are strictly prohibited from partaking in any political exercise for or towards candidates for public workplace.

Alternatively, Stand for Kids Inc. is a 501(c)(4) group that engages in political actions together with lobbying. Its contributions aren’t tax-deductible.

Stand for Kids Inc. defined in an Oct. 1 assertion that it had not utilized for a PPP mortgage, although the charity had acquired one.

Stand for Kids Inc. Arizona Govt Director Rebecca Gau instructed Fox Information that whereas the organizations share some employees members, they’ve separate boards with firewalls between them. Contributions aren’t shared between teams, she mentioned.

Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz. (Picture By Invoice Clark/CQ Roll Name)

Stand for Kids Inc. joined the combat for training funding in the course of the 2018 “Crimson for Ed” motion, however its work supporting the act was upended when a state Supreme Courtroom ruling kicked Prop 208 off the poll at the moment.

This yr, the group labored with stakeholders to plot one thing “everyone may help” and launched signature-gathering in February.

Gau mentioned that Biggs was coming after the non-profit “as a result of lobbyists instructed him to.” 

“That is their tactic proper now,” she mentioned. “As a substitute of discussing the precise points truthfully, they’re making these ridiculous, completely false claims and attempting to gin up curiosity in a narrative that’s not a narrative.”


Previous to her function at Stand for Kids, Gau served as director of the Governor’s Workplace of Schooling Innovation the place she launched and led state efforts to implement former Republican Governor Jan Brewer’s Schooling Reform Plan. Her two kids had been educated in Arizona public colleges.

Gau highlighted her group’s roots within the Arizona neighborhood, with 11 years of engagement within the Phoenix space and help from revered native foundations.

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“Stand [for Children] is targeted on guaranteeing all college students obtain a top quality, related training, particularly these whose boundless potential is neglected and under-tapped due to their pores and skin coloration, ZIP code, first language, or incapacity,” she wrote.

The group grew to become concerned with Prop 208 “after years of frustration over the funding cuts to training in our state,” she mentioned. 

If permitted by voters, the measure — producing an additional $940 million a yr — would levy a further 3.5% revenue tax surcharge on Arizona taxpayers with taxable revenue over $250,000, or over $500,000 for taxpayers who’re submitting joint returns.


Tax hikes could be positioned on the highest 1% of earners within the state, and a “sure” vote would imply elevating the most revenue tax charge for prime earners to eight%.

Proponents of the poll measure, or the Put money into Schooling Political Motion Committee’s “Put money into Ed” Act, need the extra income to go towards elevated pay for academics in addition to classroom and scholar help and the addition of profession and technical teaching programs.

“I’m very dissatisfied that Congressman Biggs has blindly picked up the opposition marketing campaign’s determined lies about Stand for Kids,” Gau mentioned. 

In keeping with the Arizona Secretary of State’s election fund’s portal, the Put money into Schooling PAC has acquired over $4.67 million in contributions.

Prop 208 is co-sponsored by “Put money into Ed” chairperson and highschool instructor Amber Gould, many of the state’s Democratic state legislators, and State Faculty Superintendent Kathy Hoffman, who can be a Democrat, based on 12 Information.

Its critics embody Molera Alvarez LLC and Republican Gov. Doug Ducey, who argue Prop 208 would hurt Arizonans, not enhance training.

Opposition teams declare that Prop 208 doesn’t assure funding would go towards elevating instructor salaries as a result of an expanded definition of who’s deemed a instructor would offer loopholes for directors to pocket the cash.

NEA President Lily Eskelsen Garcia said teachers, mostly women, have picked up the slack by providing resources for classrooms for too long.

NEA President Lily Eskelsen Garcia mentioned academics, principally ladies, have picked up the slack by offering assets for school rooms for too lengthy.
(AP Picture/Ross D. Franklin)

The “Sure on 208” camp retorts that the state’s present definition of a instructor is simply too slim, declaring that colleges shall be topic to the identical accountability measures they’re now.

A key a part of the dissent towards Prop 208 is that the measure will damage small enterprise homeowners by inserting an onerous tax on them. Opponents estimate that fifty% of these affected by the tax are small enterprise homeowners.

“Put money into Ed” supporters unequivocally deny that, declaring that a surcharge is not calculated till deductions are factored in. 

In keeping with the U.S. Small Enterprise Administration, the median revenue for self-employed people is about $50,000.

The impartial Joint Legislative Finances Committee estimates the typical tax improve for these making $250,000 to $499,999 could be $120, the typical improve for these making $500,000 to $999,999 could be $5,549 and the rise for these reporting revenue of $1 million to $4 million could be $40,287, based on an evaluation by The Arizona Republic.

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Gau instructed Fox Information she had performed her personal evaluation in accordance with the research and located that 99.95% of Prop 208 {dollars} “will go precisely the place supposed” to help academics, help employees and mentorship applications.


The amount of cash that is flowed into training in Arizona since 2018’s “Crimson for Ed” demonstrations is important. In its 2020 funds, the state spent $6.5 billion on training, in contrast with $5.3 billion two years in the past.

Nonetheless, not each instructor acquired a 20% increase promised by Ducey’s phased “20×2020” plan as a result of allocating the cash was left as much as college districts and constitution colleges.

Julia Musto is a reporter for Fox Information Digital. You will discover her on Twitter at @JuliaElenaMusto.