Janet Napolitano, Arizona's governor, has three areas of emphasis for Arizona: "Education, Foundation and Innovation." The details of "The Executive Budget" for fiscal years 2008 and 2009 are contained in a
464 pageMicrosoft Word document.
Janet says..."Every item I have mentioned today--every initiative, every plan--can be accomplished without raising taxes one thin dime."
What's a "thin" dime?
Janet says..."I guess you could say that K-12 students and universities were the big winners here."
What does it mean for her to be "guess"ing? and How is "big" defined?"An increased investment of $383 million in K-12 and $115 million in advanced education. Those figures include $50 million to raise the minimum base salary to $33,000 per year for teachers statewide; $15.5 million for math and science education; $6.3 million for the Arizona Financial Aid Trust to provide financial aid to Arizona students; $25 million for the downtown biomedical campus in Phoenix; and $30 million to recruit and retain excellent faculty at Arizona' three state universities."
The following were copied from the AzGovernor.gov website.
$10.0 millionto "provide assistance to existing teachers to become highly qualified in math or science by increasing base pay for highly qualified math and science teachers currently teaching in Arizona schools."
$3 millionto "provide incentives for university students to study to become teachers in math and science."
$2.5 millionto "award grants to school districts to establish innovative math and science program and academies."
$35 millionto "strengthen Science Foundation Arizona to create and lead industries in the future."
EastValleyTribune.com:: pie and bar graphs
Creator: Gerald D. Thurman
Created: 13 January 2007