Gov. Ducey's budget plan: Modest increases to education, child safety; no tax cuts - yet
Gov. Doug Ducey unveiled on Friday a $9.5 billion budget proposal that would make no deep cuts to spending and provide modest funding increases to some key programs, while keeping state finances in the black.
The governor's budget would allocate new money to universities, K-12 education, private prisons, child-welfare programs, a center that aims to reduce the prison population, and a task force to target drug and human smugglers.
The plan adds $105 million in new spending this fiscal year, and $284 million in fiscal 2017, of which $168 million would go toward new programs.
According to Ducey's office, state government would end fiscal 2017 with $621 million in the bank, and deposit another $10 million in the $460 million rainy-day fund.