Arizona’s $325 million surplus should fund education, coalition of groups say

| September 9, 2015

By Howard Fischer • Capitol Media Services • Arizona Daily Star

PHOENIX — Education and civic groups are pushing state lawmakers to use the $325 million budget surplus and $450 million in the state’s “rainy day fund” to finally fund schools at the level they say voters intended — and do it now.

Julie Erfle of ProgressNow Arizona said Thursday there is an immediate need for more dollars. And she said with that kind of money in the bank, Arizona schools should not have to wait while a lawsuit is appealed or legislative leaders suggest alternatives.

But their plea on the lawn of the state Capitol is likely dead on arrival.

Gov. Doug Ducey has his own proposal to instead tap into trust land proceeds. That plan, however, not only requires voter approval but at this point would not generate any money before 2017.

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