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Gov. Ducey’s 2019 State Budget Proposal: What’s In It?

January 30, 2018
Infographic in printable PDF Arizona’s growing economy CAN’T plug leaks caused by 28 years of tax cuts. The budget is loaded with overly optimistic revenue projections, counts on more Arizonans playing the lottery, takes $52 million from hospital patients, counties, and universities and uses $89 million in one-time shifts, as well as sweeps from special purpose funds. Read more

Gov. Ducey’s FY 2019 Budget Plan Fails Arizona Schools

January 12, 2018
Governor Ducey released his budget proposal today. There are some trends that are good for kids growing up in Arizona today, including a proposed funding increase for more children who are adopted from foster care and no new prison beds. But his lack of a long term financial plan for public schools fails Arizona. Read more

Gov. Ducey’s K-12 Education Funding Plan Fails to Restore $952M in K-12 Cuts

January 10, 2018
Governor Ducey announced an outline of his budget proposals for K-12 public schools yesterday. He enthusiastically described the value of reversing $100 million in cuts to classroom funding that he made just three years ago. He also wants to add $10 million in this year’s budget and $18 million in next year’s budget for school building maintenance and repair. Read more

AZ Tax Collections Too Slow to Re-Invest in K-12 Public Schools

November 30, 2017
State revenue projections show that relying on economic growth without tax increases is not a realistic plan to reinvest the funding our schools need. Children’s Action Alliance highlights this gap in a new Return on Education policy brief. The data show that Arizona’s K-12 public schools are STILL short $1.1 billion in state funding compared to fiscal year 2008, before the budget cuts during the Great Recession. Read more

The New School Year Has Begun: Help Ensure AZ Public Schools Get the Support They Need

August 31, 2017
In just 90 days, a group of volunteers called Save Our Schools Arizona collected more than 111,000 petition signatures to put a hold on the expansion of Arizona’s school voucher program (called Empowerment Scholarship Accounts) that would divert millions of tax dollars from public to religious and other private schools, giving Arizona voters an opportunity to decide whether to keep the legislation when they go to the polls in November 2018. Read more

Happy New Year! Fiscal Year, That Is

July 18, 2017
This month marks the beginning of Arizona’s new fiscal year. What do you think fiscal year 2018 looks like compared to ten years ago? You may be surprised! • General revenues to the state are below where they were 10 years ago – despite population growth of more than 650,000. • The Rainy Day fund balance is $240 million LESS than it was ten years ago. Read more

Ducey’s Results-Based Funding Favors High-Income Schools

July 5, 2017
Who Are the Winners and What Results Can We Expect?  PDF Version  The largest of Governor Ducey’s twelve education initiatives is a proposed $38 million for a bonus for excelling schools. He says this is part of his promise to expand access to high quality education for all students – no matter where they live and no matter where they can afford to live. Read more

School Vouchers and Why They are Not Good for AZ Public Schools

June 23, 2017
Children’s Action Alliance fought to defeat SB 1431 this legislative session, the expansion of school vouchers, called Empowerment Scholarship Accounts, or ESAs. We worked hard to let lawmakers know that this diversion of public dollars into private and religious schools would expand ESA vouchers to every student in Arizona, while leaving public schools behind. Read more

ICYMI: A Snapshot of Lawmakers’ 2017 – 18 Budget

May 17, 2017
PDF Version for printing here If you’ve not had a chance to get caught up on the latest legislative news since the session ended, here is a quick snapshot of what it looks like for the next fiscal year: Read more

The Good and Not-So-Good of the 2018 State Budget

May 11, 2017
The state legislature ended its 2017 session last night. There were a few small bright spots for children and families. But the big decisions put us on a path to endanger children’s health, education and security going forward. Many Arizona lawmakers continue to point to the 2009 Great Recession, to blame struggling parents, and to vilify cities and school boards instead of standing up to take responsibility for the policy decisions in their hands. Read more