The Governor’s FY24 Executive Budget: What You Need to Know
Earlier this month, Governor Hobbs released her FY 2024 executive budget plan, providing more details around the policy priorities she outlined in the State of the State address. The budget includes just over $17 billion in spending to further the governor’s goal to build a resilient, innovative and prosperous Arizona for everyone. Here’s what you need to know.
Saving for a Rainy Day
Thanks to an estimated $2.9 billion cash surplus, the budget would invest $250 million into the state’s rainy day fund, bringing it to about $1.6 billion. The remainder would be spent on a variety of policy initiatives, including $1.3 billion for new and one-time initiatives, leaving about $273 million at the end of her first budget.
Investments into Education & Infrastructure
The largest portion of the governor’s spending plan ($9 billion) goes toward K-12 education funding. That encompasses $274 million in new spending, including $20.5 million for dual enrollment support, $4.4 million to increase funding for students with disabilities, $50 million in school safety funding, $5 million for E-Rate broadband infrastructure and $199 million in base funding.
Governor Hobbs is also making investments into school infrastructure, with a one-time payment of $330 million to fix school buildings and $1 million in one-time funding to develop and implement in-person inspections of school facilities.
Furthermore, the governor is adding $169 million to bring higher education spending to $2.4 billion. This includes an additional $15 million for the Arizona Teacher’s Academy, a program that helps train new teachers and $80 million to give university scholarships to lower-income students.
Healthcare, Homelessness & More
The budget also prioritizes a variety of initiatives to expand healthcare, end homelessness and protect natural resources. In particular, the budget proposes $257 million for state Medicaid caseload growth, $5.5 million and 50 new FTE for Adult Protective Services, $150 million in new funding for utility and emergency rental assistance and services and $333 million for long-term water augmentation planning.
To support Governor Hobbs’ desire to promote a government that works for the benefit of Arizona residents, visitors and businesses, her 2024 budget similarly invests in several key technology projects. Here are some highlights:
- The governor’s proposal would designate $50 million to establish the Rural Broadband Accelerated Match Fund administered by the Arizona Commerce Authority to assist eligible recipients draw down federal funding for broadband infrastructure in unserved and underserved areas.
- $16 million in one-time funding to enhance broadband infrastructure at state facilities in rural Arizona.
- $3.3 million for an off-the-shelf solution to replace the current Adult Probation case management system.
- $6.3 million to upgrade the Corporation Commission’s eCorp system and fund the writing of application programming interfaces that will connect the system to the Arizona Business One-Stop platform.
- $2.7 million to support the state’s Medicaid enterprise system modernization efforts.
- $20.6 million to continue the replacement of the state’s human resources and payroll system. The system should be completed in FY25 at a total cost of $44.1 million.
- $585,000 to protect the state’s cyber infrastructure and create a more effective threat response.
Where We Go From Here
Now, it is up to the legislature to debate which projects will receive funding. With a slim Republican majority in the state legislature and a Democrat in the governor’s office, it remains to be seen how long it will take to come up with a mutually agreeable spending plan. It’s been 14 years since we’ve had this kind of partisan division and most predict it will create a grueling session before the new financial year begins on July 1st.
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