Education funding needs to be addressed “now more than ever”
Jan. 17, 2018
While Gov. Doug Ducey decided to focus on the opioid crisis and prison recidivism in his state of the state address, education funding is the main topic of discussion among state lawmakers.
Senate President Steve Yarbrough says education funding is the issue of the year, now more than ever. According to Yarbrough, with the governor’s support and encouragement, it’s possible that real progress may be seen this year, and if the economy continues to grow and “perhaps pick up the pace,” the state will start to see more funding go towards education.
The discussion on funding can’t be had without mentioning Prop 301. The proposition was passed in 2000, and it raised the sales tax 0.6 percent so the additional revenue could go to K-12 funding. The proposition is set to expire unless it is approved for an extension. Yarbrough is in favor of the extension, saying the only challenge will be the argument to increase sales tax to generate more funding.
Republican House Speaker J. D. Mesnard believes if we can get funding back to what it was before the great recession, then an extension won’t be necessary. Mesnard says he can see an extension taking place but not this year.
Ducey was on Arizona Horizon last week to discuss some of the issues addressed in the State of the State including education funding.