Office of Education

What They Are Saying: The Fiscal Year 2019 Budget

May 2, 2018

PHOENIX — Governor Doug Ducey released a budget proposal for fiscal year 2019 that rewards Arizona's teachers with a 20% pay raise by school year 2020 and invests new money into Arizona's classrooms. 

Read what others are saying about the FY 2019 budget:

Arizona School Boards Association:
"The proposal meets with the ASBA political agenda in the following ways:

  • Ongoing appropriation for teacher pay in the base level ($210/per student)
  • Required inflation adjustment for FY2019 remains available for use at district discretion ($105M)
  • Partial restoration of DAA funding of $100M, above appropriations for teacher pay. Districts with less than 1100 students would have DAA reductions fully restored in FY19.
  • Does not impose cuts or eligibility restrictions on safety net programs."

Greg Vigdor, President and CEO, Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association
"A quality education system – starting with great teachers – goes hand-in-hand with improving public health. It is with this principle that AzHHA endorses Governor Ducey’s plan to significantly boost investments in Arizona’s public schools, including providing a 20 percent pay increase for teachers by 2020.

"We applaud the governor and legislative leaders who’ve helped craft a proposal that provides necessary funding for Arizona schools while keeping hospitals whole and protecting Medicaid as a vital safety net for Arizona families. This is a plan that legislators should get behind.

"Approximately 87,000 people work in Arizona hospitals around the state. Our kids attend Arizona schools. Our families have a stake in the strength of Arizona’s healthcare system. The Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association is proud to support a budget plan that ensures necessary funding for each core state service." (LINK)

Phoenix Children's Hospital
"At PCH we know that investing in our children is critical for a healthy future. Thank you Gov. Doug Ducey for prioritizing K-12 education #20x2020" (LINK)

Banner Health
"As the largest employer & health care provider in AZ, we support Gov. Doug Ducey, @AZSenateGOP & @AZHouseGOP's 20x2020 teacher salary plan because we believe in supporting and investing in the teachers that will shape the minds of the next generation of health care workers." (LINK)

Carondelet Health Network
"​We are proud to stand with other healthcare providers in support of Governor Doug Ducey's #20x2020 plan to support our teachers and strengthen our schools." (LINK)

Abrazo Community Health Network
"We are proud to stand with other healthcare providers in support of Governor Doug Ducey's #20x2020 plan to support our teachers and strengthen our schools." (LINK)

Dignity Health Arizona
"As one of the largest employers & healthcare providers in AZ we believe that the path to expanding our healthcare workforce begins in the classroom that’s why we support efforts of Gov. Doug Ducey @AZSenateGOP @AZHouseGOP in passing the 20X2020 plan!" (LINK)

Dr. Sally Downey, Superintendent, East Valley Institute of Technology
"Gov. Ducey and state lawmakers are in the final stages of approving a new budget that includes a significant investment in public education and teachers' salaries. We are grateful that it also includes the restoration of full funding for JTEDs like EVIT." (LINK)

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For more information or assistance, contact Governor Ducey's press office: (602) 542-1342.