Arizona Legislature Closes $300 Million Gap, But Deal Could Come Apart

Williamson, Richard
March 2003
Bond Buyer;3/19/2003, Vol. 343 Issue 31596, p5
Trade Publication
Arizona lawmakers have covered a 300 million dollar budget gap in 2003 fiscal year but legal challenges to some of the measures resorted to by the Legislature could unravel the deal, which was approved in a one-day special session on March 17, 2003. In a challenge before the state Supreme Court, Libertarian activist Ernie Hancock claims that the “educational rollover ” — pushing 191 million dollars in June payments owed to public schools into fiscal 2004 beginning July 1 — violates the constitutional limit on state indebtedness because it carries a financial liability into a new fiscal year. Another element of the deal allows the state to borrow 100 million dollars from a fund for construction of new schools and applies the money to a court-mandated program to bring existing public schools up to uniform physical standards by June 30, 2004. The Arizona School Facilities Board that oversees construction of all public schools had proposed issuing 280 million dollar


Related Articles

  • Choice and Competition: Tonics for the U.S. Public-School System. Meyerson, Adam // Insight on the News;02/15/99, Vol. 15 Issue 6, p30 

    Offers an observation on the United States Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Funding for the Title I program Aid to the Poor; Changes in public-education policy; Reform for public schools.

  • Last-Minute Tactic Saves Cigarette Tax for Missouri Schools. Caldwell, Peggy // Education Week;5/12/1982, Vol. 1 Issue 33, p8 

    The article reports on a bill that increase cigarette taxes aimed to provide additional funding for Missouri's public schools in 1982 to 1983. The bill will increase the tax on a package of cigarettes from 9 to 13 cents whose proceeds would be divided among districts according to a formula based...

  • E.D. Proceeds on $75 Million in Magnet Funds. J. H. // Education Week;5/1/1985, Vol. 4 Issue 32, p11 

    The article reports on the release of the 75 million dollars federal magnet-school funds for 1985-1986 in Washington. Lois A. Bowman, deputy assistant secretary for elementary and secondary education, had announced the deadline for the applications for the competitive grants in the Federal...

  • REMOVE UNCONSTITUTIONAL "CREATION SCIENCE" EARMARK FROM LABOR/HHS/EDUCATION APPROPRIATIONS REPORT.  // Reports of the National Center for Science Education;Sep-Dec2007, Vol. 27 Issue 5/6, p10 

    The article outlines the letter sent to every senator by various organizations urging them to oppose the creation science earmark in the U.S. These include the American Association of School Administrators, American Association of University Women and American Civil Liberties Union, wherein they...

  • UPDATE.  // Education Week;5/4/1983, Vol. 2 Issue 32, p3 

    The article offers several news updates related to the development in the education department in the U.S. An anti-prayer law passed by the legislators in New Jersey was questioned by the American Civil Liberties Union. The bill about teaching the "origin of man" will be vetoed by Arizona...

  • Bell Favors Church Groups' School Use. Heard, Alex // Education Week;5/4/1983, Vol. 2 Issue 32, p9 

    The article reports on the Administration support given by U.S. Secretary of Education Terrel H. Bell on the concept involving an "equal-access" legislation that would permit voluntary religious activities on public-school properties. Secretary Bell stressed his support on the legislation during...

  • EDUCATION. BLAKELY, PAUL L. // America;10/11/1919, Vol. 22 Issue 1/2, p20 

    The author reflects on the Smith-Towner bill which creates a Federal official whose mandate is to regulate state schools and report to the Secretary of Education if a certain school is capable of complying with the provisions of the act. The provisions of the act are enumerated. The author notes...

  • Time to Re-Public the Republic. Houston, Paul // School Administrator;Sep2003, Vol. 60 Issue 8, p10 

    Discusses the strategies to improve public education in the U.S. Problems regarding the public education system in the country; Details on the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act in 2002; Factors to consider to improve public education.

  • Gov. Napolitano Looks to Business For Help on All-Day Kindergarten. Bowman, Darcia; Gehring, John; Zehr, Mary Ann; Scoon Reid, Karla; Hoff, David J.; Richard, Alan; Viadero, Debra; Fine Goldstein, Lisa // Education Week;1/22/2003, Vol. 22 Issue 19, p16 

    Presents developments related to education in various U.S. States as of January 22, 2003. Details of the school improvement programs of Kentucky; Endorsement of academic standards of Indiana by the Governor of the state; Adoption of schools by business enterprises in New Hampshire; Others.


Read the Article


Sorry, but this item is not currently available from your library.

Try another library?
Sign out of this library

Other Topics