Today, Friday Jan. 13, Guv Doug Ducey, will roll out his budget. What it will contain for public education is not expected to be good news, the Arizona Capitol Times (subscription required) reports in School advocates to Ducey: Show us the cash.
A recurring theme among education groups is the need to couple education funding with revenue, specifically ending tax breaks. It is hard to see how Ducey's many education proposals can be funded while still cutting taxes each year as he has promised to do. The numbers just don't add up. Here is another report from the Arizona Capitol Times (subscription required), Education community applauds Ducey proposals, but urges end to tax cuts.
The Governor talks a good line, but the bottom line is that he has to walk the line. He has yet to do so.
Like me, David Safier at Tucson Weekly/The Range is pessimistic about Ducey's talk in Ducey 'Next Step' Watch: Day 237—Talk Is Cheap Edition. Ducey's Funding-Lite, Destructive Education Proposals.
Realistically, for him to be serious about enacting some of his most important proposals, like increasing the funding of schools, raising teacher pay and expanding full day kindergarten, the cost would begin at $100 million and move upwards toward $400-800 million. Meanwhile, most budget projections agree the governor has about $24 million in loose money to play with — the rest is accounted for—with lots of places those dollars can be spent. I suppose Ducey could free up a few more dollars with draconian cuts to other government agencies. But $100 million? $400 million? $800 million? Hardly.