Gov. Ducey Budget Proposal Includes Money for Education, Public Safety, More
Gov. Doug Ducey unveiled his budget plans on Friday.
The proposed budget of about $12.3 billion lays out how he’d like to see his priorities funded — without going on a spending spree, which he has repeatedly warned legislators against.
With The Show now to tell us the details is Howie Fisher of Capitol Media Services.
The governor’s executive budget proposal devotes a significant chunk to education, with more than $600 million in new K-12 funding. But is it enough?
Some public education advocates were not entirely satisfied.
In a statement, Expect More Arizona said the proposed investments are still not enough to close the achievement gap and meet goals set out in the Education Progress Meter.
Others noted Arizona remains 49th in the country in terms of average teacher pay and there are still a large number of teacher vacancies across the state.
For more on the response to the governor’s proposals, let’s turn to Dawn Penich-Thacker with Save Our Schools Arizona.