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28 May 2019  

Responses to the Passage of the FY 2020 Budget

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Governor Ducey's Statement On Sine Die

PHOENIX – Governor Doug Ducey today released the following statement on Sine Die: 

“Sine Die came a little later than usual this year, but it’s been well worth the wait. 

“At the beginning of the year, we made a commitment to focus on the big things—the things that matter—and this session delivered. 

  • “The most significant tax reform since 1990.
  • “First in the nation legislation recognizing occupational skills for those who move here.
  • “The most impactful water reforms in nearly 40 years.
  • “The second phase of 20 percent teacher raises by 2020.
  • “The first dedicated funding for school counselors.
  • “A record high $1 billion in Arizona’s Rainy Day Fund. And much more. 
“None of it would have been possible without the leadership of both parties, and Arizonans from all walks of life, putting partisan interests aside and people first. 

“I wish everyone a little rest and recuperation this weekend and look forward to continuing to secure Arizona’s future next session.”


PASSED: Balanced Budget Boosts Rainy Day Fund To Record $1 Billion

PHOENIX — Governor Doug Ducey today released a statement regarding the passage of Arizona’s fiscally conservative, balanced budget, calling it a “historic down payment on securing Arizona’s future.”

“With this budget, Arizona is learning from the mistakes of the past, exercising fiscal responsibility, investing in the things that matter and making a historic down payment on securing Arizona’s future,” said Governor Ducey. “Arizonans from all walks of life came out to support this plan — law enforcement, education advocates, school counselors, business leaders, health care professionals, rural and urban elected officials, agricultural representatives, taxpayer advocates, students, parents and more. My thanks to all the legislators, citizens and stakeholders who came together to help get this fiscally responsible plan across the finish line — I look forward to signing it.”

The budget plan pays down debt, provides revenue-neutral tax relief to individuals and families and adds $542 million to Arizona’s Rainy Day Fund, bringing it to a record $1 billion. The plan also fully funds education above and beyond inflation, including fulfilling 20 percent teacher pay raises by 2020, expanding the Arizona Teachers Academy and workforce programs, restoring $136 million in flexible funding for public schools and investing in new school counselors and cops on campus. 

Other significant investments include over $225 million for upgrading roads and bridges across the state, including $130 million to expand I-17 to northern Arizona; $74.7 million to provide pay raises to State Troopers, Correctional Officers, child safety caseworkers and other public safety personnel; $11 million to fund 48 State Troopers for key public safety missions across the state; $56 million to expand childcare subsidies for low-income families; and $1.6 million to preserve access to health care for over 6,000 Arizona kids. 

For a list of Arizonans who have expressed support for the budget, click HERE

For additional information on the budget, click HERE

Highlights of Arizona’s balanced, fiscally conservative budget include →  

K-12 Education

  • $165 million to fully fund 20 percent teacher pay raises by school year 2020
  • $136 million to speed up the restoration of recession-era cuts to District and Charter Additional Assistance 
  • $88 million for school building renewal 
  • $76 million for new school construction 
  • $30 million in new dollars for high-performing schools through results based funding
  • $20 million to hire more school counselors and cops on campus 
  • $10 million to grow Career and Technical Education programs at public high schools
  • $1.5 million in permanent funds for Foster Youth Education
  • $800,000 to hire 10 new employees at the State Board for Charter Schools
  • $700,000 for county juvenile detention center education programs
  • $500,000 for the Boys and Girls Club 

Higher Education

  • $35 million in funding for Arizona’s three public universities, ASU, U of A and NAU
  • $15 million in permanent, ongoing funds to expand the Arizona Teachers Academy
  • $15 million to expand the Pima Community College Aviation Technology Center
  • $14.2 million for rural community colleges outside of Pima and Maricopa County
  • $6 million over three years for STEM programming at Maricopa and Pima Community Colleges
  • $5.8 million to expand Maricopa County Community College’s healthcare offerings
  • $1 million for Diné College, a community college on the Navajo Nation 
  • $1 million for the National Guard Tuition Reimbursement
  • $500,000 for Northern Arizona University’s Freedom School

Public Safety 

  • $74.7 million to provide raises to public safety personnel including 
  • $40.6 million for Correctional Officer pay increases; 
  • $21.5 million for State Troopers at the Department of Public Safety; 
  • $5.5 million for caseworker raises at the Department of Child Safety;
  • $3.2 million for Youth Correctional Officers at the Department of Juvenile Corrections;
  • $2.8 million for public safety personnel at the Department of Health.
  • $11 million to hire 48 new state troopers 
  • $4 million for Department of Public Safety vehicle replacement
  • $3.9 million for a West Valley Readiness Center operated by the Department of Emergency and Military Affairs 
  • $1 million for 10 additional healthcare monitoring staff at the Department of Corrections
  • $1 million for additional Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training Board training
  • $271,000 for a Sierra Vista Public Safety Communications Center

Infrastructure & Economic Development 

  • $130 million over three years to expand Interstate 17 
  • $95.3 million for targeted priority infrastructure projects 
  • $11.3 million to eliminate counties paying for a share of operating costs at the Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections 
  • $3 million to expand broadband services in underserved rural areas
  • $2.2 million for the Arts 
  • $1.1 million to promote tourism, including Arizona’s farm wineries 
  • $1 million for a business one-stop, helping entrepreneurs furthering Arizona’s economic growth
  • $700,000 for a Mariposa Port of Entry Cold Inspection Facility

Health & Welfare

  • $56 million in federal funds for childcare subsidies for low-income, working families 
  • $15 million deposit into the state Housing Trust Fund to prevent and alleviate homelessness 
  • $13 million for new developmental disability provider funding 
  • $7 million in provider funding for elderly in-home and nursing care through Arizona Long Term Care System Provider Funding
  • $5 million in funding for health care research at the Translational Genomics Research Institute
  • $2.4 million to expand the kinship stipend to all kinship caregivers 
  • $2 million for Alzheimer’s research
  • $1.6 million to eliminate the KidsCare Freeze, protecting coverage for over 6,000 Arizona kids
  • $1.6 million to help reduce suicides in Arizona’s military and veteran population
  • $1.5 million for Benson and Northern Cochise Community Hospitals in Cochise County
  • $1 million to reimburse family caregivers for 50% of their qualifying expenses 
  • $1 million for prenatal equipment at rural Arizona hospitals 
  • $1 million for Arizona food banks 
  • $700,000 for a primary care clinic in Colorado City

Natural Resources

  • $37 million to implement the multi-party Drought Contingency Plan that will secure Arizona’s water future
  • $20 million to promptly reimburse local Arizona fire districts for combating wildfires
  • $2.6 million for Nogales wastewater treatment infrastructure 
  • $2 million for the eradication of the Salt Cedar, a non-native invasive species that poses environmental and fire risks 
  • $1 million to increase funds for the Forestry Hazardous Vegetation Removal, for a total of $3 million annually, to remove vegetation that poses fire risks to property and life
  • $1.2 million to replace a pedestrian viewing bridge at Tonto Natural Bridge State Park
  • $1 million for a forestry fire training center in Snowflake, Arizona 
  • $750,000 for a Mount Lemmon Fire District Water line
  • $700,000 for upgrades to the Great Western Trail for Off Highway Vehicles
  • $100,000 for Dairy Inspector pay raises and additional inspectors
  • $30,000 for pay raises at the Department of Agriculture

House Republican Leadership Applaud Passage of Budget for Fiscal Year 2020

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Members of House Republican Leadership today applauded the passage of the budget for fiscal year 2020, which continues significant investments in education and infrastructure, protects our citizens and the vulnerable, and secures the state’s fiscal future.

“Governor Ducey and the Legislative Republicans have crafted a budget that spends $5.6 billion, almost half the state’s general fund budget, to continue our investment in K-12 education, including money for the 20x2020 teacher pay raises, over $136 million in district additional assistance, and $70 million in Results Based Funding,” said Speaker Rusty Bowers (R-25). “In addition to the investments made in K-12 education, the budget also includes $37 million to community colleges for expansion of healthcare, aviation, and STEM programs.”

“Without action by legislative Republicans, Arizonans would have faced a tax increase of over $215 million due to conformity and $85 million based on the impact of the Wayfair Supreme Court decision,” said House Majority Leader Warren Petersen (R-12).  “This budget offsets those tax increases while reforming our tax code by reducing the number of brackets, reducing tax rates, and increasing the standard deduction to match that of the federal government. This will keep money in the pockets of taxpayers, where it belongs, and simplify the tax filing process. This budget also makes a sizable contribution to our state’s rainy day fund to safeguard against any future economic downturns.”

“With $57 million for the childcare block grant, over $44 million in funding for the developmentally disabled and elderly, $15 million for the housing trust fund, and millions of dollars of funding for other programs above baseline spending, this budget honors the state’s commitment to protect the most vulnerable members of our community,” said House Majority Whip Becky Nutt (R-14).

“As Arizona continues to grow, so do our infrastructure needs,” said House Speaker Pro Tempore T.J. Shope (R-8). “This budget devotes substantial resources to expand and improve our infrastructure, such as $130 million for expansion of the I-17, $10 million to begin studying the widening of the I-10, $28 million to widen U.S. Route 95 in Yuma, $20 million for the I-40 interchange in Kingman, and $18 million to cities and towns for local infrastructure projects.”

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Lynne LaMaster

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