Democrats propose competing school funding plan

Democrats propose competing school funding plan

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”.

Copyright 2015 The Associated Press.

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Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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