*** Update 11/19/09 2:30 pm***- Legislative session has failed. The Senate has defeated the proposal. The Legislature may return to try again on Monday.
Budget agreement fails; Senate will try again Monday, Arizona Republic, 11/19/09
The Governor called the Arizona state Legislature into special session to address the $2 billion budget deficit. The session was only to address potential cuts including a proposed $137 million cut to soft capital for K-12. Soft capital pays for items like books, technology and school buses. Any cut to education mid-year would be on top of a $133 million dollar cut in K-12 education funding in January of 2009.
In addition, other groups met this week to present alternative to the cuts. including revenue increases and reform. See the articles below for additional information.
State, for 1st time, forced to get loan, Patching the budget sidebar, Arizona Republic, 11/18/09
Group urges options to budget cuts, KPHO Phoenix, 11/18/09
Arizona Budget Coaltion echoes Democrat’s budget proposals, Arizona Capitol Times, 11/18/09
Legislators must skip ideology, rescue the state, Editorial Arizona Republic, 11/17/09
Tags: Arizona budget, arizona education, Arizona education budget, Arizona Legislature, Arizona schools, arizona senate, bob burns, Brewer v. Burns, Contact Governor Brewer, Governor Jan Brewer, k-12 education funding, Robert Burns