/ Last Modified January 18, 2013

Gov's Budget: More for Kids, Schools

$8.8B proposal to Legislature is 3.7% increase

Gov. Jan Brewer's proposed 2013-14 budget calls for $8.8 billion in state funding from its basic operating revenue sources, the Arizona Republic reported Friday.

The proposal to the Legislature represents a 3.7 percent increase from the current budget of $8.5 billion.

The Republic reported that key increases called for by Brewer are:

  • $109.9 million for education at all levels. That would include plans for shifting some K-12 money from attendance-based to performance-based funding, giving more money to schools that show student improvement via test scores. Also included is $8 million toward the University of Arizona College of Medicine's Phoenix branch campus.

  • %65.7 million for child safety, primarily Child Protective Services. She asked for emergency funding immediately to allow CPS to hire 50 more caseworkers. Another 100 would be hired in the coming fiscal year.

  • $25.1 million for state employee pay raises, as a continuation of the current fiscal year's plan to give workers an incentive to move off the state's merit system and onto at-will employment.

  • $61.9 million for state information technology improvements.

  • $61.5 million for one-time K-12 classroom equipment and materials purchases.

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