Gov. Jan Brewer is proposing to boost state spending in the coming budget year by more than 4 percent, with most of the new money going to schools, public safety and Child Protective Services.
On Friday, she released the $8.9 billion proposed state budget containing the spending priorities she hopes the Legislature adopts for the fiscal year, which begins July 1.
Brewer said the budget plan addresses public safety, modernizing and reforming the education system and improving Arizona's standing in the global market.
Her budget focuses on addressing Child Protective Services' growing caseloads, implementing the national K-12 Common Core state education standards, and rewarding schools that are improving.
Brewer is also asking for more money for school resource officers in her 2013-2014 budget, in response to the Connecticut school shooting.
Now her budget needs Legislative approval. The Republican-led Legislature essentially has the same priorities and it isn't yet clear where battle lines might be drawn.
Senate President Andy Biggs and House Speaker Andy Tobin released the following statement on Brewer's budget.
"Today Governor Brewer released her proposed budget for FY 2014. We had a productive meeting with the Governor and her budget staff.
Over the last few years, the Governor and the Republican-led legislature have restored Arizona's economic solvency by implementing fiscally conservative principles. The balanced budgets of the last two years have provided a wise and responsible framework designed to enhance our state's economic growth.
We have reduced the size of government while increasing spending in critical areas such as education, funding for the seriously mentally ill and restoration of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). Republicans have also responsibly restored a 'rainy day fund' in anticipation of unexpected obligations.
Our hope is that the final enacted budget will replicate the success we have implemented thus far. There is clear evidence that the conservative approach to state funding is the proper way to bring our state back to full economic recovery. The Members of our two bodies look forward to working with the Governor in order to resume the continued success these measures have had for the people of our great state."
Stay with cbs5az.com and CBS 5 News for a full report on Brewer's proposal.
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