The Capitol Roundup

The Arc of Arizona's regular recap of State & Federal legislative happenings

Special Budget Edition

April 30, 2018

The End is Near

​At the Statehouse...

Legislature Prepares to Advance Budget Agreement

After long days of teacher protests and closed-door budget negotiations, Governor Ducey and legislative leaders reached a budget agreement late Friday afternoon.  The House and Senate began budget briefings this morning and hope to conclude the legislative session late this week.

The budget agreement includes Governor Ducey’s teacher pay proposal and will increase teacher pay by a total of 20% over the next three years. It also provides ongoing funding for other education priorities, like additional district assistance and geographic literacy programs, and one-time funds for programs for gifted students, civics, and Navajo coding. It increases funding for the state’s large Joint Technical Education Districts (JTEDs) and the School Facilities Board and allocates $3 million to AHCCCS for behavioral health services. It also designates $100,000 to AHCCCS for a suicide prevention coordinator.

The proposed budget provides $13 million for one-time funding to the Arizona Department of Economic Security Division of Developmental Disabilities, and $1 million for food banks across the state. It provides an immediate increase of $4.1 million for statewide fire suppression and adds $1.2 million each year for adoption service programs at the Department of Child Safety.

The budget spends a total of $10.4 billion, up from the $9.8 billion budget enacted last year.

To fund the increased spending priorities, the budget proposal relies on a wide range of shifts from designated funds and revenues from increased economic activity across the state. It increases audit enforcement at the Arizona Department of Revenue to generate an estimated $30 million a year, and $25 million a year from sales tax fraud prevention efforts.
The legislature is likely to begin debate on the budget as early as tomorrow.

​​Prepared by:
Peters, Cannata & Moody, PLC

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