Ducey offers teachers 9% pay bump next year; increases to 20% within four years

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House announces its own pay raise formula

By Carmen Forman and Ben Giles | Arizona Capitol Times

As Arizona teachers threaten to strike over low wages, Gov. Doug Ducey unveiled a revised budget proposal today that offers educators a 9-percent pay bump in the next school year.

The governor’s latest plan still won’t raise taxes to generate new revenue. And unlike a competing proposal floated by House Republican leaders, it won’t sweep money from other sources of funding proposed for K-12 schools, like the $100 million Ducey pledged to school districts for capital needs like new school buses, textbooks and facility maintenance.

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Gov. Doug Ducey announces a plan to give teachers a 20 percent raise over the next three fiscal years. /Photo by Katie Campbell/Arizona Capitol Times

Instead, Ducey’s proposal relies on a variety of sources, like higher-than-average state revenues and new dollars available from the legislative extension of the Proposition 301 education sales tax.

State budget analysts recently estimated there may be $46 million in ongoing revenues available thanks to strong revenue collections.

The governor would roll back some of his legislative initiatives, including a tax break for some veterans. He would also reapportion some funds his proposed budget earmarked for enforcement of a new, wrong-way driving law that charges drivers who go the wrong way on the highway with a felony.


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