Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey's Claim on 2016 Budget Doesn't ADD UP

The governor’s claim that the new budget spends the most on education in Arizona’s history doesn’t add up. He hasn't provided an explanation for this assertion but based on information from the Joint Legislative Budget Committee, education funding across the board was higher in 2008.  It seems clear that Republicans are shortchanging Arizona schools … again. Governor Doug Ducey's e-mail on education doesn't add up with the facts. What he isn't sharing with you about the budget when spinning the negatives-  Corporations are still on course to get the $675 million they’ve been promised over the next three years.To balance the budget $102 million has been used from the rainy day fund, so much for paying the $317 million to schools ordered by the court. Looks like Admin will keep spending money it says ti doesn't have to fight verdict. No mention of  restoring the ($317 million in funding as they were ordered by the court).
Education Week's Arizona Earns a D-Plus on State Report Card, Ranks 47th in Nation among 50 states and DC, with an overall score of 67.6 out of 100 points and a grade of D-plus. The nation as a whole posts a grade of C.
After the cuts to education with Arizona already ranking 47th in the nation it surly will get an F on the Education Report Card.

Please Read E-Mail below 

Governor's E-Mail 
Over the past several months I’ve spent a fair amount of time with governors from both parties.  The advice from all of them has been consistent:

"No matter what, get your state’s budget balanced first. Once that’s accomplished then you can tackle everything else.”

Working with the Arizona Legislature we did that this week, passing a budget that puts us on the path to structural balance for the first time since 2007.

It wasn’t easy.  We made real reductions to government spending and accomplished permanent decisions that reform government – rather than just biting around the edges.

Not only will we have a leaner government; we’ll have a better one, more accountable to the taxpayers.

And we did all this WITHOUT raising taxes.

Naturally, the spending lobby and special interests don’t like it. They just assume government gets bigger and spends more.

I happen to believe government shouldn’t spend money that doesn’t exist.

One thing I’m particularly proud of is that we did all this while protecting education.  Here are three facts I’d like you to know about state support for education spending:

  1.  This budget is the most Arizona has EVER spent on education in our state’s history
  2.  49% of the state's $9.1 billion budget will go to education (K-12 and universities combined)
  3.  This budget includes more than $600 million in general fund dollars for universities, representing 7% of the state's budget

Our budget is values-based. We set priorities and trimmed back where it matters, protecting the areas that I know we all care the about most.

Thank you for reading this, and thank you for your ongoing support.  Angela and I are grateful for all the expressions of support we get from friends every day, and we appreciate it more than you know!!!

Thank you!