The state budget proposal, annotated

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The House of Representatives is currently debating the budget proposal in its Appropriations Committee, and the Senate is set to do the same today. Republican leaders have said they hope to bring the spending package to the floor for debate and a vote by Thursday.

On Tuesday afternoon, the legislature’s nonpartisan budget analysts released their summary of the spending plan, as well as the policy proposals that go along with implementing the budget.

Arizona Mirror staff has highlighted some of the most notable features of the budget, which includes $11.8 billion in spending, the largest in state history.

Here are some of the critical elements of the budget, annotated. To read the whole budget summary, click here.

K-12 funding

Higher Education

KidsCare health insurance

Income tax changes

Vehicle registration fee


Rainy Day Fund

Debt repayment

State employees

Minimum wage

Colorado City clinic

Jim Small
Jim Small is a native Arizonan and has covered state government, policy and politics since 2004, with a focus on investigative and in-depth policy reporting, first as a reporter for the Arizona Capitol Times, then as editor of the paper and its prestigious sister publications, the Yellow Sheet Report and Arizona Legislative Report. Under his guidance, the Capitol Times won numerous state, regional and national awards for its accountability journalism and probing investigations into state government operations.


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