Gov. Ducey OKs bill shielding small business owners from new tax

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has signed legislation allowing small businesses to avoid a new 3.5% income tax surcharge that will cut nearly $300 million from the new revenues Proposition 208 was expected to send to schools.

The Republican governor Friday also signed a measure that tightens the state’s sex education law and requires parents to give permission for instruction that includes sexual issues in non-sex ed classes.

And he signed a bill banning government agencies from requiring employees to undergo training in so-called “critical race theory,” an academic framework that examines history through the lens of racism.

Ducey had 35 bills on his desk that must be signed or vetoed by Monday.

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