By Ryan Randazzo | The Republic
Gov. Doug Ducey late Friday announced he had secured a deal with state lawmakers to approve his proposed pay increase for teachers, but did not provide any details of the plan.
The announcement came after lawmakers hit a stalemate Thursday and adjourned for the weekend, even as tens of thousands of teachers marched on the state Capitol demanding higher pay and increased education funding.
Many protesters said Ducey’s previously proposed pay raises, which total 19 percent over three years, were not enough. That plan relies on projected increases in state revenue, rather than a dedicated source such as a tax, to fund the increases.
Ducey issued a statement after 3 p.m. along with Senate President Steve Yarbrough and House Speaker J.D. Mesnard, both R-Chandler, saying they reached an agreement.