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K-12 Funding & State Budget

Arizona’s economy and future success depends on the degree to which all children have the opportunity to receive quality education, to grow up healthy, and to be safe.

By supporting families and making economic investments that ensure they have access to quality schools, stable and affordable housing, and well-paying jobs, Arizona is investing in its future.

State and Local Taxes Paid Per $100 of Income, by Income Group

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2024 Legislative Priorities

  1. Support partner efforts to support public education by referring a permanent elimination of the public-school Aggregate Expenditure Limit to voters. 
  2. Support partner efforts to address the Universal Empowerment Scholarship Account (ESA) Program to increase integrity and accountability of fund expenditures, reduce the program’s cost to the state, and prevent public tax dollars from being diverted from public schools to private schools.
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The Arizona Center for Economic Progress

The Arizona Center for Economic Progress is a leader in advancing policies that create fairer tax codes which raise the revenue needed to invest in education, affordable housing, health care, infrastructure, and other supports needed to build thriving communities and better economic opportunities for all Arizonans.

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