PHOENIX (AP) – Democrats in the Arizona Legislature are proposing a school funding plan that relies on surplus state money and puts more cash into schools than Republican Gov. Doug Ducey’s plan to tap the state land trust.
Tuesday‘s announcement from the minority party comes as GOP leaders in the Legislature and the governor work on proposals that could be taken up in a possible special legislative session in October.
The Democratic plan provides enough cash to settle an ongoing lawsuit by schools. A judge has ordered the Legislature to pay $336 million this year but Republicans are appealing. It puts $3.8 billion in new money into schools over 10 years without raising taxes.
Ducey spokesman Daniel Scarpinato called the Democrats’ proposal “a 10-year spending plan with no way to pay for it”.
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