Arizona's House Democratic Caucus had a chance to pick through Governor Doug Ducey's (R-AZ) new #20x2020 budget proposal designed (in part) to end the #RedForEd mass teacher walkout, and they uncovered some interesting items.
Arizona's Politics monitored a good portion of it through the Legislature's video feeds, and confirmed these news items with the lawmakers. They were receiving the briefing from Stephan Shephed, the Joint Legislative Budget Committee's Fiscal Note Manager. (If we receive a response from the Governor's Office, we will pass it along.)
BREAKING: Under questioning from Rep. @EngelForArizona (at @AZHouseDems caucus), new @dougducey proposed budget that includes the #20x2020 for teachers includes a 36% RAISE for the "freedom schools" - the Koch-funded schools at @ASU and @UofA. (Maybe #RedForEd aimed low?)— Arizona's Politics (@AZs_Politics) April 30, 2018
The 2 schools were already set to receive $5.5M from the state. The new proposal adds $2.0M. Rep. Kirsten Engel (D-LD10) told Arizona's Politics "This is outrageous."
BREAKING: Looks like Rep. @DrRandyFriese, @kenclarkforaz & other @AZHouseDems just uncovered a part of the new #20x2020 proposal that is designed to sock it to @tucsonunified, by moving part of desegregation funding from the primary prop tax classification to secondary.#RedForEd— Arizona's Politics (@AZs_Politics) April 30, 2018
Rep. Friese (D-LD9) notes that the new provision will shift $18M from the state to the effected districts' taxpayers, and that 90% of that amount - or, approximately $16.2M - will be borne by TUSD's taxpayers.It’s been a long-time goal of he GOP to cut Deseg. This would effectively force those school districts that suffer the most from segregation to pay for desegregation. This is the Victim Blaming Budget in so many ways.— Ken Clark (@kenclarkforaz) April 30, 2018
BREAKING: Under questioning from Rep. @DrRandyFriese (at @AZHouseDems caucus), uncovered that this new budget with the new #20x2020 proposal DOES NOT yet include @dougducey 's $11M for SROs (officers) in #SchoolSafety plan.#RedForEd— Arizona's Politics (@AZs_Politics) April 30, 2018
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