“In total, we’ve pumped $4.5 billion in new investments into Arizona schools. With our latest budget, that figure will rise to $6.6 billion,” said Gov. Doug Ducey. “And we’ve done all of this without raising taxes.” (Photo by Anya Magnuson/Cronkite News)
Gov. Ducey signs historic budget
Governor Doug Ducey today signed Arizona’s fiscally conservative budget for Fiscal Year 2022, which cuts taxes for all taxpayers while investing in education, transportation, public safety, public health, water security and more key areas that matter to Arizonans.
“Today I’m proud to sign a budget that delivers for Arizonans,” said Governor Ducey. “Each and every Arizona taxpayer, no matter their income, will experience a tax cut under our historic tax reform. That means job creators will continue to choose our state to expand operations, working families will get to decide how they spend more of their hard-earned dollars, and those who served our nation will rightfully keep more of their own money. While we’re giving money back to taxpayers, this budget makes responsible, targeted and substantial investments in the things that matter. Under this budget plan, Arizona is paying off more than $1 billion in debt, we’re helping to protect families with the most sweeping child care package in the nation, and we’re making record investments in K-12 and higher education, infrastructure, public health and public safety.”
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Arizona’s budget fulfills Governor Ducey’s commitment to ensuring working families, small businesses, veterans and all Arizona taxpayers get to keep more of their hard-earned money. It implements a 2.5% flat tax phased in over three years beginning on January 1, 2022. The tax plan saves money for every Arizona taxpayer no matter their income, eliminates income taxes on veterans’ military pensions, increases the charitable contribution deduction to 100%, and protects small businesses from a 77.7% tax increase.
The Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal’s editorial board published columns about the tax plan and the impact it will have on Arizona. Additionally, a guest opinion by Governor Ducey, President Fann and Speaker Bowers about the historic tax reform was published in the Phoenix Business Journal last week.
Under Arizona’s budget, nearly $1 billion in debt is paid off and another $1 billion helps to reduce the state’s pension liabilities. It also invests in areas like public safety, including $13 million for State Trooper body cameras and $55 million for border security; educational resources, including $30 million for school transportation and $50 million in student disability aid; $100 million for wildfire prevention and mitigation efforts; $47.2 million to develop early literacy programs for children across the state, and more.
Highlights of Arizona’s FY22 budget include:
• Simpler, Fairer and Flatter Taxes