Tucson, Arizona 2021-06-26 00:30:33 –
Phoenix – Under the direction of the state legislature, Arizona House passed a budget of $ 12.8 billion in the next fiscal year. This includes a 2.5% flat tax that permanently removes $ 1.9 billion from general state financial resources.
After the House of Representatives passed the lump sum tax, Governor Duchy said, “Working families and all Arizona taxpayers will be able to spend their money however they see fit, keeping the state competitive and paying high. You will be able to continue to attract your work. “
The budget of the House is different from the budget of the Senate.
During a debate on the final spending bill on Friday, three Republicans voted against using public funds to fund education from private kindergarten to high school. The Senate amendment would have significantly broadened the qualifications for school vouchers.
It was a small victory for public school teachers. “The House of Representatives voted against the significant expansion of school vouchers, but found that it had adopted many bad policies,” said Joe Thomas, president of the Arizona Educators’ Association.
Republicans in the House of Representatives passed a Senate amendment that punishes teachers and districts for teaching critical racial theory. This allows students to attend classes without being vaccinated against COVID-19 or wearing masks.
The House of Representatives also added its own amendments to the civilian curriculum currently in use in Arizona public school classrooms and to change American history. Republican Senator Paul Boyer, who has promoted the expansion of the voucher, hinted in a tweet that he was likely to oppose the House amendment.
“We will have to go back to the meeting committee to decide what to do,” said Regina Cobb (R) Kingman District 5, chair of the House expenses committee.
The budget buys state buildings and spends money on debt repayment. This will increase spending on public safety, infrastructure and education. Town and county money will also increase.
The House of Representatives was supposed to vote Tuesday’s budget, but Democrats declined to appear after dozens of Republican amendments were tabled on their desks 90 minutes before the session began.
The Republicans did not have enough members in the boardroom to continue. This was not the case on Thursday. In response to Democratic action, Republicans set deadlines for each bill and ramped up the pace, but did not speed up the outcome of the vote. All spending bills were passed by voting on the 31-29 party line.
Next week, the House of Representatives and Senate will resolve their differences and send a budget to the governor for his signature.
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