Teachers, Healthcare and the Budget

A pay raise for teachers, more money for school districts, and protecting Medicaid as a critical safety net for Arizonans and their families. Those are just a few of the key items in Governor Doug Ducey’s state budget proposal. Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association (AzHHA) President & CEO Greg Vigdor’s statement on the Governor’s budget is below.

“A quality education system – starting with great teachers – goes hand-in-hand with improving public health. It is with this principle that AzHHA endorses Governor Ducey’s plan to significantly boost investments in Arizona’s public schools, including providing a 20 percent pay increase for teachers by 2020.

“We applaud the governor and legislative leaders who’ve helped craft a proposal that provides necessary funding for Arizona schools while keeping hospitals whole and protecting Medicaid as a vital safety net for Arizona families. This is a plan that legislators should get behind.

“Approximately 87,000 people work in Arizona hospitals around the state. Our kids attend Arizona schools. Our families have a stake in the strength of Arizona’s healthcare system. The Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association is proud to support a budget plan that ensures necessary funding for each core state service.”

If you would like to read more on the state budget proposal, click on the links below. Once you’ve had a chance to read a few of the articles, let us know what you think. Generating meaningful conversations around the issues affecting Arizonans is just one more way we are working toward our long-term goal to make Arizona the Healthiest State in the Nation!

Will Arizona Lawmakers Approve Gov. Ducey’s Budget Deal?

Arizona Budget Plan Shifts Cash To Schools, Other Priorities

Arizona Teachers Vow to End Strike if Funding Plan Passes

Teachers end short-lived strike

Ducey, Legislature scrape together revenues for $10.4 billion budget proposal

Lawmakers pondering $10.4 billion budget

Multiple Arizona districts to reopen classrooms this week amid walkout

Gov. Doug Ducey releases open letter about education budget

Arizona teachers at Capitol ahead of budget vote

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