Education The “Centerpiece” Of Governor Ducey’s New Budget

Governor's Office

January 16, 2017

On Friday afternoon, Governor Doug Ducey released his Executive Budget for fiscal year 2018, a fiscally responsible plan that invests in education and our state’s most vulnerable while maintaining the structural balance.

The release was live-streamed online in order to increase transparency and solicit comment from the public. Governor Ducey also wrote an op-ed, which was published in Sunday morning’s Arizona Republic, outlining his vision for the future in our state.

Here’s what they’re saying about the governor’s new budget --

Education Takes Center Stage

Arizona Republic Editorial Board: “Ducey Takes Credible Steps On K-12 Funding.” “Gov. Doug Ducey set high goals for Arizona’s public education system, and the budget he released Friday represents a credible start within the context of fiscal and political realities.” (Editorial Board, “Ducey Takes Credible Steps On K-12 Funding,” Arizona Republic, 01/14/17)

“Ducey’s Budget Puts Money In Areas That Can Make A Difference . . .” “Ducey’s budget puts money in areas that can make a difference, such as higher teacher salaries and a phase in of all-day kindergarten, beginning with schools that serve the state’s poorest children.” (Editorial Board, “Ducey Takes Credible Steps On K-12 Funding,” Arizona Republic, 01/14/17)

“Ducey Is Honoring His Pledge To Lower Taxes Each Year . . .” “His pragmatism should help him win the support of GOP legislative leadership. Ducey is honoring his pledge to lower taxes each year with a modest $2.8 million cut that will result from adjusting personal income tax exemption for inflation. The governor deserves credit for this modest plan to move Arizona’s schools forward.” (Editorial Board, “Ducey Takes Credible Steps On K-12 Funding,” Arizona Republic, 01/14/17)

Governor Ducey: “We’re Focused On The Future, And We Have A Plan To Improve Life In Arizona.” “Now, with those issues behind us, we are seeing exactly what happens when we have stable state finances: We have the ability to invest in the areas that really matter, namely K-12 education. We’re focused on the future, and we have a plan to improve life in Arizona.” (Doug Ducey, “Governor: Arizona Education Is My Top Budget Priority,” Arizona Republic, 01/13/17)

“It’s Focused On Creating Opportunity And Lifting The Lives Of Our Most Vulnerable.” “On Friday, I released my budget proposal. I believe it’s one that both Republicans and Democrats can get behind. It’s focused on creating opportunity and lifting the lives of our most vulnerable—especially those who are facing challenges and hardships and need our help.” (Doug Ducey, “Governor: Arizona Education Is My Top Budget Priority,” Arizona Republic, 01/13/17)

Arizona Republic: “About 93 Percent Of The Permanent Spending Changes. . . Would Go To Education.” “Ducey's $9.8 billion budget spreads the state's modest surplus widely over several areas of K-12 education. . . . In all, about 93 percent of the permanent spending changes Ducey proposes and 56 percent of the one-time spending in 2018 would go to education.” (Ronald Hansen, Yvonne Wingett Sanchez, Mary Jo Pitzl, “Arizona Budget: Gov. Doug Ducey Pitches Small Steps Toward Big Education Goals,” Arizona Republic, 01/13/17)

“Perhaps The Most Dramatic Change Involves Higher Education . . .” “Perhaps the most dramatic change involves higher education, which was hit hard in Ducey's 2015 budget. Ducey would redirect $37 million in sales taxes paid by the state's universities to help the schools tap $1 billion in bonds for research facilities and deferred maintenance. . . . Such a shift would free up cash within the universities to help develop the teacher and principal academies that Ducey wants to establish to better prepare educators for K-12.” (Ronald Hansen, Yvonne Wingett Sanchez, Mary Jo Pitzl, “Arizona Budget: Gov. Doug Ducey Pitches Small Steps Toward Big Education Goals,” Arizona Republic, 01/13/17)

“Ducey’s Proposed Tax Cut . . . Would Save Arizona Taxpayers About $2.8 Million, According To The Governor’s Estimates.” “Ducey’s proposed tax cut takes a page from the federal tax code: changing the personal exemption on income-tax with inflation. Doing so would save Arizona taxpayers about $2.8 million, according to the governor’s estimates.” (Ronald Hansen, Yvonne Wingett Sanchez, Mary Jo Pitzl, “Arizona Budget: Gov. Doug Ducey Pitches Small Steps Toward Big Education Goals,” Arizona Republic, 01/13/17)

Capitol Media Services: “Ducey’s Budget Includes Raises For Teachers, New Money For Universities.” “The governor today unveiled his plan to put $114 million in new funds into K-12 education for the coming fiscal year. That is on top of $76 million that schools will get automatically due to both increases in enrollment as well as inflation.” (Howard Fischer, “Ducey’s Budget Includes Raises For Teachers, New Money For Universities,” Capitol Media Services, 01/13/17)

“ . . . A $1,000 Bonus For New Teachers Who Agree” To Work At Low-Income Schools.” “The governor's budget also includes a $1,000 bonus for new teachers who agree to go to work at schools in which at least 60 percent of students are eligible for free or reduced-price lunches. Up to about 900 schools statewide fit the definition. And there's a plan to make another $250,000 available in an existing program that forgives the loans taken out by those who agree to teach math, science and special education. There is currently about $170,000 available.” (Howard Fischer, “Ducey’s Budget Includes Raises For Teachers, New Money For Universities,” Capitol Media Services, 01/13/17)

AZ Family: “Today Governor Doug Ducey Is Looking Ahead To Make Sure Our Kids Are Prepared For The Future.” “Today Governor Doug Ducey is looking ahead to make sure our kids are prepared for the future. He just released his latest budget plan for the coming year and says this year's proposal focuses on education. He wants to put $114 million into K-12 education above and beyond inflation and enrollment growth. He also wants to add another $450 million over the next three years.” (“Good Evening Arizona,” AZ Family, 01/13/17)

Arizona Capitol Times: “Ducey Vowed To Increase [Education] Funding . . . His Budget Included $114 Million To Meet That Pledge In FY2018.” “Ducey’s budget includes $76 million in baseline funding for K-12 schools to keep up with inflation and student growth, along with $318 million from Proposition 123. In his State of the State address, Ducey vowed to increase funding beyond those preexisting requirements for every year that he’s governor, and his budget included $114 million to meet that pledge in FY2018.” (Jeremy Duda, “Ducey Proposes $176 Million In New Spending, Largely On K-12 Education,” Arizona Capitol Times, 01/13/17)

“The Ninth Floor Expects About 8,000 Students To Benefit From The Literacy Program.” “In his budget, Ducey proposed $10 million for full-day kindergarten funding in FY2018, which would go only to schools where at least 90 percent of students are eligible for free or reduced lunches. The funding would jump to $20 million in FY2019 and beyond. The Ninth Floor expects about 8,000 students to benefit from the literacy program.” (Jeremy Duda, “Ducey Proposes $176 Million In New Spending, Largely On K-12 Education,” Arizona Capitol Times, 01/13/17)

“Ducey Touted The Academy As A Tuition-Free Institution Where People Could Be Trained To Become Teachers And Graduate Debt-Free.” “One project that the new money could potentially open the door for is Ducey’s proposal for an Arizona Teachers’ Academy. Ducey touted the academy as a tuition-free institution where people could be trained to become teachers and graduate debt-free. The Ducey administration is leaving it up to the state’s universities and community college to figure out the details. Among the possible requirements for students in the academy would their commitment to teach in Arizona schools for an as-yet unspecified period of time. Ducey wants the new academy to be in place by fall of 2018.” (Jeremy Duda, “Ducey Proposes $176 Million In New Spending, Largely On K-12 Education,” Arizona Capitol Times, 01/13/17)

Yellow Sheet Report: “K-12 Schools, Universities Favored In Ducey’s Budget.” “Ducey today proposed roughly $9.8 billion in spending in FY18, of which $176 million will go toward new initiatives. Of that new spending, $83 million will be ongoing and about $97 million will be one-time. The bulk of the ongoing spending goes to education.” (“K-12 Schools, Universities Favored In Ducey’s Budget,” Yellow Sheet Report, 01/13/17)

Fox 10: Governor Ducey “Wants To Give A Raise To Every Single Teacher In Our State.” “The governor did talk about funding for education. He wants to give a raise to every single teacher in our state, bonus for teachers who are willing to work at troubled schools, and help out with student debt.” (“Arizona Morning,” Fox 10, 01/13/17)

Associated Press: “Arizona Governor’s Budget Plan Puts New Cash Into Schools.” “Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey released a state budget proposal Friday that includes $114 million in new spending for K-12 education for new initiatives, including teacher raises, signing bonuses for low-income school instructors and an expansion of full-day kindergarten in low-income schools.” (Bob Christie, “Arizona Governor’s Budget Plan Puts New Cash Into Schools,” Associated Press, 01/13/17)

“Ducey’s Proposal Puts Dollars Next To 15 New Education Initiatives He Outlined Monday In His State Of The State Address.” “Ducey’s proposal puts dollars next to 15 new education initiatives he outlined Monday in his state of the state address. The plan includes $13.6 million for teacher pay raises, with a five-year goal of raising pay by 2 percent. Arizona teachers are among the lowest-paid in the nation, and even with $68 million in new spending after five years will remain at or near the bottom. A teacher now making $50,000 a year will see a boost nearing $1,000 in five years.” (Bob Christie, “Arizona Governor’s Budget Plan Puts New Cash Into Schools,” Associated Press, 01/13/17)

Arizona Public Media: “Education The Centerpiece Of Ducey’s $9.79 Billion Budget.” “Mirroring commitments made during the annual State of the State address, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey made education the centerpiece of his budget, released on Friday. . . . The budget fleshed out some of the promises made in the governor’s address, in particular teacher pay. It calls for spending $204 million for across-the-board raises for teachers, starting with small raises next year and ramping up to 2 percent in five years and every year thereafter.” (“Education The Centerpiece Of Ducey’s $9.79 Billion Budget,” Arizona Public Media, 01/13/17)

“Other Features Of The Budget Include . . .” “Other features of the budget include a signing bonus of $1,000 for teachers who commit to low-income districts, the expansion of a loan forgiveness program for STEM fields and a recommendation for full-day kindergarten funding.” (“Education The Centerpiece Of Ducey’s $9.79 Billion Budget,” Arizona Public Media, 01/13/17)

12 News: Governor Ducey’s Budget “Focuses On Education, Including A Pay Raise For Teachers.” (“EVB Live,” 12 News, 01/13/17)

KJZZ: “New Arizona Budget Gives $114 Million In New Money To Schools.” “Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has released a state budget that includes $114 million in new spending for K-12 education. Among other uses, the money will go into signing bonuses for instructors at low-income schools and expansion of kindergarten at low-income schools. It will also be used for teacher raises, which will go up each year until 2022.” (Stina Sieg, “New Arizona Budget Gives $114 Million In New Money To Schools,” KJZZ, 01/13/17)

Phoenix Business Journal: “Education Takes Center Stage On Governor’s Budget Proposal.” “Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has earmarked $165 million for education in fiscal 2018, representing new initiative spending above the $76 million baseline level. Most of that money will go to K-12 education, while $51.8 million will go toward higher education.” (Angela Gonzales, “Education Takes Center Stage On Governor’s Budget Proposal,” Phoenix Business Journal, 01/13/17)

“Expect More Arizona Called The Governors Proposal One Of The Most Education-Friendly Budgets In Years.” (Angela Gonzales, “Education Takes Center Stage On Governor’s Budget Proposal,” Phoenix Business Journal, 01/13/17)

ABC 15: “State Educators Couldn’t Be Happier About This.” “State educators couldn’t be happier about this. Governor Doug Ducey releasing his $9.8 billion budget and it includes $175 million in spending on new initiatives, K-12 education gets the biggest bump, including hundreds of extra dollars per student for high-performing schools and teacher raises for all.” (“Gov. Ducey Proposes New Budget Plan To Get More Money In Schools,” ABC 15, 01/13/17)