Ducey Runs from #RedforEd on the Backs of the Neediest

Ducey’s story about how he plans to pay for a 20% raise for teachers will probably change, but on April 16 this was it: “Sweep” $2 million in funding from the developmentally disabled, $1 million from healthcare in prisons, $8 million in funding for universities, and $37 million in funds from other agencies, primarily the […]

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Do You Believe in Miracles? Ducey would like us to when it comes to education funding.

Facing the threat of a politically damaging teacher’s strike, Governor Ducey suddenly found (or says he found) money in the state budget to give teacher’s a 20% hike, bringing them into the middle of the pack of states on teacher pay. But wait, this year he says he can only find enough for a 9% […]

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Coconino Voices: Gov. Ducey already knows how to subtract

Local teacher and progressive, Derek Born, has this almost right. What he says about Ducey’s fake support for education is spot on. But, it’s not enough to just subtract our votes from Ducey’s column. We have to add votes for the Democrat who opposes him — or Ducey will win again. It’s critical that people […]

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AZ Ed Funding “a Burning, Heaping Mess”

Arizona funding for education is “a burning, heaping mess.” And, that’s the description applied by a Republican. State Treasurer (soon to be Trump’s head of NASA) Steve DeWit “compared the status of Prop. 123 to telling a person who was hand-building an airplane that the plane will crash, and then watching that person crash the plane […]

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We Can Beat Ducey — Even Republicans Think So

From today’s Daily Kos: • AZ-Gov: The Republican Governors Association has made its first television ad reservations of the cycle, booking $20 million in four states. (The DGA has yet to make any.) Three of them are in exactly the sort of states you’d expect: Florida ($9.4 million), Nevada ($3.3 million), and Ohio ($4.3 million), each home […]

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Public Budget Briefing in Flagstaff

“We want the public to be a part of the budget process and believe it’s important to take questions and hear feedback from Arizonans across the state,” said Governor Ducey. “The budget we put forward increases investments to K-12 education, protects our most vulnerable, and honors our commitment to our veterans – all while maintaining […]

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Ducey’s Budget Disaster

Gov. Doug Ducey unveiled a $10.1 billion spending plan funded by projected to be paid for by selling more lottery tickets and hiring back many of the auditors who ensure that people are paying the state what they owe — auditors the governor previously laid off.   According to the Joint Legislative Budget Committee, the Governor’s office […]

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Achieve60AZ Is Another Ducey Empty Promise

Regarding the “Achieve60AZ Alliance” touted in the Coconino Voices column (lead author Julie Pastrick, president of the Flagstaff Chamber): The column fails to mention that this “initiative” was launched over a year ago by Gov. Ducey. Recently, they launched a new website, cited in the column, which makes Achieve60AZ appear to be independent from the […]

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AZ Voucher Program Ridden By Waste and Abuse

A new  Arizona Republic investigation reveals the scandal regarding Ducey’s school voucher program. Separately, we know that our State Senator Sylvia Allen supports and profits from this Ducey/DeVos/Goldwater Institute scheme. She must go in 2018. Here’s some of what the AZ Republic report says: About 4,147 students are currently enrolled in the Ducey/De Vos Voucher […]

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Economy Not Working For Arizonans

Arizona’s year-over-year employment rate went up slightly but is far below projections made by the state’s Office of Economic Opportunity a year ago. Governor Doug Ducey continued to cling to the notion that it’s a nice place to live in his remarks following the release of the new economic figures. While the economy continues to […]

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