The Joint Legislative Budget Council (JLBC) released an analysis of budget cuts to the Arizona state general fund operating budget over the last four fiscal years (2008-2011).
According to the report, Arizona has faced four consecutive years with a budget shortfall. Since 2008, the state has enacted $12.5 billion in one-time budget solutions to address these shortfalls, including but not limited to $2.2 billion in permanent spending reductions, $918 from Proposition 100–the 1-cent sales tax increase approved by voters in the May 18 special election, and $1.5 billion in rollover and payment deferrals.
Over the last four years, Arizona’s K-12 public schools have seen a $883.9 million reduction in funding. Similarly, funding for the state’s community colleges has been cut by $53.5 million and the universities by $232.5 million.
To review the JLBC’s Comprehensive Budget Solutions for Fiscal Year 2008 – Fiscal Year 2011, click here.
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