PHOENIX (AP) - Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has signed an $11.8 billion spending plan for the coming budget year.
The Republican governor calls the budget approved Friday the best of the five he's signed since taking office. He says it is a fiscally prudent plan that invests in education and public safety while preparing for an economic downturn.
SIGNED: Arizona’s fiscally conservative, balanced budget ✅ pic.twitter.com/AgAyoR2mGI— Doug Ducey (@dougducey) May 31, 2019
But Democrats and education groups say the new education funding is far short of what's needed. They blasted a tax cut that offsets higher revenue the state anticipates from federal tax law changes.
Ducey and the GOP-controlled Legislature enjoyed a $1 billion surplus allowing them to boost pay for state police, correctional officers and other public safety workers. Their budget more than doubles the state's main savings account to $1 billion and pays off debt.