budget. According to the release, Ducey says this is the “first structurally-balanced plan since 2007” that reflects a “fiscally responsible a fiscally-responsible, bipartisan budget that sets priorities, makes real permanent decisions and solves the state’s structural deficit while protecting essential services for vulnerable populations.”
“The people elected us to get the job done and that’s what we’ve done,” said Governor Ducey. “This budget reflects my commitment to representing Arizonans – not special interests. This is a budget that reflects our state’s priorities and for that we should all be proud.”
The budget offered up $326-million in spending reductions, an overall two-point-three percent reduction to government spending and protects the taxpayers with no tax increase.
One point of contention that split the parties fell under education funding. The bill slashed $100-million dollars in education. Democrats herald the cuts as deeply disappointing that will hurt needy children and their families. Republicans praise the reduction in education costs and say the opposing party is “disingenuous.”
In total, schools will have more than $10 billion including state, federal, capital and local funds
Nearly 20% increase in general fund investment in K-12 since 2010
49% of state general fund budget will go to education (K-12 and universities combined)
Protects classroom funding, with a net increase in new dollars
Teach for America: $500,000 in new permanent funding
Budget includes more than $600 million in general fund dollars for universities
7% of state general fund budget
Protecting rural community colleges from reductions
Republicans say the cuts were necessary to overcome the state $717-million deficit and Arizona needs to learn to live within our means.