Arizona business leaders want big tax increase for teacher salaries, education. Please see related stories

| June 14, 2017

By Alia Beard Rau •  The Republic / azcentral.com

An initial budget proposal from Republicans in the Arizona House focuses available new funds on teacher raises and school capital costs, rejecting Gov. Doug Ducey’s proposal to parse it out over more than a dozen education-funding programs.

It also offers a larger tax cut than Ducey suggested.

House Republicans propose $219 million in new ongoing and one-time funding for next year, primarily for teacher raises, school construction projects, tax cuts and highway repairs. It includes a handful of Gov. Doug Ducey’s budget ideas, but excludes more than two dozen of his proposals that total $227 million.

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