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Budget and Taxes

Return on Education: What Does the State Land Trust Mean for AZ Schools?

State Land Trust ROE Cuts August 27, 2015
Questions and options about financing K-12 public schools take center stage for Arizona families and employers as the lawsuit over inflation funding continues, the Superintendent of Public Instruction and the State Board of Education tangle over helping schools achieve third grade reading goals, and students across the state begin this new school year with crowded classrooms, teacher shortages, and outdated textbooks and technology. Read more

Arizona’s Education Funding is Short-Changing Our State’s Children

JLBC calculation - per student adjusted for inflation - 8-18-15 August 20, 2015
Despite assertions that Arizona is spending more on K-12 education than ever, budget numbers released by the Joint Legislative Budget Committee (JLBC) this week don’t bear that out. When adjusted for inflation, the data shows less is being spent per student now than nine years ago. The current amount from federal, state and local dollars is $7,711, compared with $9,438 in FY 2007. Read more

Budget and Tax Fact Sheets

August 12, 2015
Click here for a list of fact sheets on fiscal policy issues specific to Arizona.

UPDATED – Questions and Answers About Arizona’s State Budget and Taxes What Every Legislator – and Taxpayer – Wants to Know

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Here is our popular, Questions and Answers About Arizona’s State Budget and Taxes What Every Legislator – and Taxpayer – Wants to Know, updated with the most recent information as of July 2015. Read more

Do you know where your tax dollars are going?

kids with piggy bank July 23, 2015
The legislative budget office reports good news about the state’s fiscal condition. Revenues for fiscal year 2015 that just ended June 30 were approximately $320 million higher than projected!

Higher Tax Credits for Private Schools

Financial Hole July 9, 2015
Private schools are celebrating. This week Arizona corporations broke a record for the time it took to make maximum donations for private school tuition tax credits.

Fireworks for…A new state fiscal year!

Spectacular fireworks against a black, night sky July 1, 2015
For many of us, this week holds the promise of time off work, holiday sales, burgers and dogs on the grill, parades and fireworks. There is something else special happening today – it’s the first day of the new fiscal year for the state of Arizona – and for Arizona cities and counties.

AZ Cuts to Higher Ed the Worst in the Country

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Arizona stands out in higher education according to a new report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. But it’s not because of our innovative programs, cutting edge research, or amazing graduates.

Happy Tax Day!

Tax day bar chart April 15, 2015
Whether you filed your tax return weeks ago, are sending it off sometime today, or have filed for an extension, you may be wondering if everyone else is paying their share of taxes. Often, this question comes up from people who worry that families with low incomes don’t owe any income taxes.

Ducey Unbalances His Budget

person trying to steal boy's piggy bank April 13, 2015
Governor Ducey and a majority of state lawmakers said they had to make dramatic cuts to K-12 and university education, child care, health care, and child safety because it is their top priority to put the budget back into so-called “structural balance.” But after the budget was adopted, those very same lawmakers voted for several more tax cuts that throw the budget out of balance and still leave children and education behind.