Governor Jan Brewer Signs State Budget for Fiscal 2015

facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather

Phoenix– Governor Jan Brewer today signed the fiscal 2015 state budget – a balanced, principled and fiscally prudent spending plan that directs resources to prioritize and protect core policy issues highlighted in her 2014 State of the State address.

“Job number one every session is to pass a responsible budget for the state of Arizona – and that’s what I signed into law today,” said Governor Brewer. “This budget keeps us on the path to restoring the state to a structurally balanced budget by 2016 and protects the rainy day fund while addressing critical priorities like child protection, public safety and education.

“Importantly, my signature on this budget comes with a clear, shared commitment with the Legislature to revisit additional funding for a new child protection agency once the child safety reform working group completes its process. A new agency must have the resources it needs to succeed in its core mission to safeguard Arizona’s abused and neglected children. Furthermore, I have line-item vetoed certain appropriations in the budget in order to maintain a fiscally prudent spending plan and preserve crucial resources for our reform efforts. Child safety is a core focus, and our state budget must reflect that.”

The $9.2 billion budget signed into law today appropriates an additional $59 million for a new, successor child safety agency, with a commitment to revisit more funding in the immediate future. With this budget, the Governor has secured nearly $100 million in new spending and 438 new positions to help protect Arizona’s abused and neglected children over the past year. The budget also allocates funding to the areas of K-12 and higher education; healthcare and human services; and infrastructure and government.

Budget highlights include:

A Balanced and Principled Plan:
– Keeps intact framework for a structurally balanced budget by FY ‘16
– Keeps sound ending balances through FY ‘17
– Protects the Rainy Day Fund

Public Safety
– Lays the groundwork for creating a child safety agency
– Starts replacement of the out-of-date CHILDS data system
– Provides funding for fire safety

Supports K-12/Higher Education
– Establishes K-12 Student Success Funding
– Funds K-12 Inflation
– Includes funding for the next generation student assessment
– Ends the University parity funding disparity and allows the transition to a performance funding model

Healthcare/Human Services
– Addresses the increase in Adult Protective services caseloads
– Increases funding for Alzheimer’s research
– Stabilizes funding for TGEN for the next five-years
– Provides additional funds for rural hospitals
– Establishes a Veteran Home in Yuma

Infrastructure/Government
– Provides additional funding for tourism
– Provides funding to protect Arizona’s water supply
– Provides funding to protect Arizona’s Military bases

Letters detailing Governor Brewer’s line-item vetoes can be found at: http://bit.ly/1ehCNDK and http://bit.ly/1ewZApV.

admin (7655 Posts)


facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather
facebooktwitterby feather

Comments are closed.

  • Stories Just Posted

    Hall of Fame set to induct seven new members

    March 3rd, 2015
    by

    There is no doubt that over the course of 80 plus years the Superior Unified School district has educated and graduated some of the finest student.


    Superior Student’s of the Month enjoy lunch with Rotarians

    March 3rd, 2015
    by

    Superior Sun Superior Rotarians gladly sponsor the Superior Student’s of the Month each month with a luncheon at Los Hermanos Restaurant.


    Eight returning starters, experience give Panthers high expectations

    March 3rd, 2015
    by

    Superior Sun Last year, the Superior baseball team finished its season with a record of 11 – 9, including 7 – 7 in section play.


    Final registration dates for T-Ball coming up

    March 3rd, 2015
    by

    The final day to register T-Ball players for the Superior Little League is Friday, March 6, 2015.


  • Stories Just For You

    Boxing goes from hobby to career for Superior High grad

    March 3rd, 2015
    by

    Superior Sun Carlos Reyes, a 1995 graduate of Superior High School, had a different outlook on a boxing career as an 18-year old Pima College student, who was studying physical


    Great turn out for 5th annual Women’s Expo in Winkelman

    March 3rd, 2015
    by

    Copper Basin News The fifth annual Women’s Expo held at the Hayden High School was a fun filled day with good food, fun, learning, laughing, shopping and prizes! The vendors


    Music, food, telescope viewing celebrates Dark Sky Park designation

    March 3rd, 2015
    by

    A day-into-night celebration is set at Oracle State Park Center for Environmental Education on Saturday, March 21, to honor its designation as an International Dark Sky Park — only the 20th


    San Manuel Sea Lions finish second at regional championship meet in Yuma

    March 3rd, 2015
    by

    The Regional Age Group Championship Swim Meet was held Feb. 20-22 at the Valley Aquatic Center in Yuma, Ariz.


  • Facebook

  • [Advertisement.]
  • Arizona Headlines & Current Weather