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    • Budget Timeframe: Annual, although smaller agencies receive biennial budgets

      Fiscal Year begins: July 1

      Find the legislative session calendar here.

      Find the current state budget here.

      Find the current legislative leaders here.


      Arizona Gov. BrewerGov. Jan Brewer
      Office of Governor Jan Brewer
      1700 West Washington
      Phoenix, AZ 85007
      Phone: (602) 542-4331
      Fax: (602) 542-7601


      John Arnold, Director
      Office of Strategic Planning & Budgeting
      1700 W. Washington, Suite 500
      Phoenix, AZ 85007
      Phone: (602) 542-5381
      Fax: (602) 542-0868

      Want a more robust, long-term look at your state's fiscal health, beyond the budget? There are two parts: Click here for the FY2011 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) compiled by the state government, and click here for information on the state's pension liabilities


      Arizona is required to pass a “balanced budget." Article IX, Section 3 of the 1912 Constitution requires the legislature to initiate an annual tax to pay for any state debt within twenty-five years of the passage of the law creating that debt.  Moreover, Section 5 sets the debt limit at $350,000, and Section 17 sets a spending cap for appropriations at 7% of the total state personal income.  It also authorizes the legislature to override the cap by 2/3 vote.  Arizona law does not forbid the carrying over of a deficit from one year to the next.


      The State maintains three individual major governmental funds: the General Fund; Transportation & Aviation Planning, Highway Maintenance & Safety Fund; and the Land Endowments Fund.  The State prepares its operating budget on the cash basis of accounting and budgets two of the major funds the General Fund and; the Transportation & Aviation Planning, Highway Maintenance & Safety Fund; along with Non-major Special Revenue Funds.  Regardless of how many funds are budgeted, Arizona does not budget revenues for any of them. [from the Institute for Truth in Accounting]


      Find the state's bond ratings here.


    • Pensions :


      Look Out For These Pension Gimmicks

      State Budget Solutions | by Joe Luppino-Esposito, Bob Williams | April 15, 2015

      States have a few tricks up their sleeves to hide true pension liabilities.

    • HEADLINES: Alabama, Arizona, Massachusetts , New Jersey, North Carolina , Pennsylvania

      Williams Report - March 10, 2015

      by Bob Williams | March 10, 2015

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    • Medicaid :


      E-Cigarettes Poised to Save Medicaid Billions

      State Budget Solutions | by J. Scott Moody | March 31, 2015

      Electronic cigarettes (e-cigs) have only been around since 2006, yet their potential to dramatically reduce the damaging health impacts of traditional cigarettes has garnered significant attention and credibility. 


      Little-Known Health Act Fact: Prison Inmates Are Signing Up

      New York Times | by Erica Goode | March 11, 2014

      In a little-noticed outcome of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, jails and prisons around the country are beginning to sign up inmates for health insurance under the law, taking advantage of the expansion of Medicaid that allows states to extend coverage to single and childless adults — a major part of the prison population.

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    • Higher Education :


      Lawmakers Jockey Over Budget Surpluses

      Stateline | by Elaine S. Povich | April 22, 2014

      According to NASBO, Kentucky and many other states have put the emphasis on restoring funding to education this year. A still incomplete survey of states showed that the vast majority are increasing elementary and secondary education funding, along with transportation and infrastructure.

    • HEADLINES: Arizona

      State budget deal sealed

      Arizona Daily Sun | by Howard Fischer | April 8, 2014

      State lawmakers approved a $9.23 billion budget for the coming fiscal year Monday as Senate Republicans agreed a spending plan higher than they had originally wanted but still less than sought by Gov. Jan Brewer.

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    • Solutions

      How Reality-Based Budgeting Can Permanently Resolve State Budget Gaps

      State Budget Solutions | by Bob Williams | November 7, 2012

      State Budget Solutions recommends that state legislators take action in 2013 to resolve the serious state financial crises by changing their focus from inputs to outcomes by redesigning budgets from the ground up based on priorities and performance.

    • Solutions

      How to Prevent Future Pension Crises

      by Cory Eucalitto | November 1, 2012

      The time for state and local governments to offer defined contribution retirement plans that protect both taxpayer dollars and public employee retirement security is now.

    • Solutions

      State Lawmakerís Guide to Evaluating Medicaid Expansion Projections

      The Heritage Foundation | by Edmund F. Haislmaier and Drew Gonshorowski | October 17, 2012

      Supporters of Obamacare claim that expanding Medicaid will entail little to no cost to state governments, since the federal government will fund the vast majority of the additional costs. Indeed, some analyses project states achieving savings from adopting the expansion. However, state lawmakers should be wary of accepting such analyses at face value.

    • Solutions

      Medicaid Is BrokenóLet the States Fix It

      The Wall Street Journal | by Paul Howard and Russell Sykes | October 15, 2012

      Block-granting Medicaid is the best way to deliver better, cost-effective care to the most vulnerable Americans.

    • Solutions

      The Case for Reform: Prisons

      Right on Crime | August 1, 2012

      Prisons are supremely important, but they are also a supremely expensive government program, and thus prison systems must be held to the highest standards of accountability.