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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
      http://www.governor.state.az.us/

       

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


      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.

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    • Pensions :

    • HEADLINES

      Williams Report - July 21, 2014

      State Budget Solutions | by Bob Williams | July 21, 2014

      The Williams Report is BACK after a one week hiatus. Be honest, you missed it! Join us on Twitter today by following @StateBudgets and tweeting with the hashtag #SBSBob. 

    • HEADLINES: Arizona

      Phoenix ends pension spiking for police officers, firefighters

      AZCentral.com | by Dustin Gardiner | May 28, 2014

      Phoenix's new contracts with its employee unions will end the controversial practice of pension spiking for police officers and firefighters and cap it for other city workers, saving taxpayers an estimated $233 million over 25 years, according to a city report.

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    • Medicaid :

    • HEADLINES

      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.

    • HEADLINES: Arizona, Florida, Indiana, Montana, Pennsylvania, Virginia, North Carolina , Ohio, Tennessee

      Year-End Review of Medicaid Expansion in the States

      State Budget Solutions | by Joe Luppino-Esposito | December 19, 2013

      A review of state action on Medicaid expansion, and a look at what states are still debating what to do.

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    • Higher Education :

    • HEADLINES

      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.

    • Williams Report - July 21, 2014

      State Budget Solutions | by Bob Williams | July 21, 2014

      The Williams Report is BACK after a one week hiatus. Be honest, you missed it! Join us on Twitter today by following @StateBudgets and tweeting with the hashtag #SBSBob. 

    • Arizona

      Phoenix ends pension spiking for police officers, firefighters

      AZCentral.com | by Dustin Gardiner | May 28, 2014

      Phoenix's new contracts with its employee unions will end the controversial practice of pension spiking for police officers and firefighters and cap it for other city workers, saving taxpayers an estimated $233 million over 25 years, according to a city report.

    • Fitch: State pension plans' funding climbs in 2013 despite low contributions

      Pensions & Investments | by Rob Kozlowski | May 15, 2014

      While the funding ratios of U.S. state defined benefit pension plans improved in fiscal year 2013, significant challenges remain, according to a Fitch Ratings report.

    • Arizona

      Voters will decide fate of city pension system

      AZCentral.com | by Dustin Gardiner | April 28, 2014

      Citizens for Pension Reform Committee wants to replace the city's pension system with a 401(k)-style retirement plan for new employees. The initiative states it also would stop "pension spiking" by capping the pension benefits available to current employees.

    • Richard Ravitch: State fiscal crises aren't over

      Newsday | by Michael Gormley | April 25, 2014

      Former Lt. Gov. Richard Ravitch, who helped New York City escape bankruptcy 40 years ago, warned Wednesday that the fiscal crisis isn't over in New York and other states, despite election year plans to cut taxes and spend more.

    • Headlines

      Panel discusses the right not to join a union as part of National Employee Freedom Week

      State Budget Solutions | by Joe Luppino-Esposito | August 18, 2014

      National Employee Freedom Week is an effort that includes dozens of state-based organizations and is led by the Nevada Policy Research Institute (NPRI) and the Association of American Educators.

    • Headlines

      Williams Report - July 21, 2014

      State Budget Solutions | by Bob Williams | July 21, 2014

      The Williams Report is BACK after a one week hiatus. Be honest, you missed it! Join us on Twitter today by following @StateBudgets and tweeting with the hashtag #SBSBob. 

    • HEADLINES

      Williams Report - July 21, 2014

      State Budget Solutions | by Bob Williams | July 21, 2014

      The Williams Report is BACK after a one week hiatus. Be honest, you missed it! Join us on Twitter today by following @StateBudgets and tweeting with the hashtag #SBSBob. 

    • Williams Report - July 21, 2014

      State Budget Solutions | by Bob Williams | July 21, 2014

      The Williams Report is BACK after a one week hiatus. Be honest, you missed it! Join us on Twitter today by following @StateBudgets and tweeting with the hashtag #SBSBob. 

    • Headlines

      States with budget surpluses may not really be in the black

      State Budget Solutions | by Joe Luppino-Esposito | July 17, 2014

      State Budget Solutions tracks the claimed surpluses of state budgets and explains why there is more than meets the eye.

    • Headlines : Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Wyoming

      Showdown in the west: Federal lands put state budgets at risk

      State Budget Solutions | by Hannah Oh | June 16, 2014

      On June 11, Carl Graham, director of the Coalition for Self-Government in the West (CSG-W), told an audience at Americans for Tax Reform that the financial future of the western United States is being jeopardized by federal ownership over large swaths of land. 

    • Headlines : Arizona

      Phoenix ends pension spiking for police officers, firefighters

      AZCentral.com | by Dustin Gardiner | May 28, 2014

      Phoenix's new contracts with its employee unions will end the controversial practice of pension spiking for police officers and firefighters and cap it for other city workers, saving taxpayers an estimated $233 million over 25 years, according to a city report.

    • HEADLINES: Arizona

      Phoenix ends pension spiking for police officers, firefighters

      AZCentral.com | by Dustin Gardiner | May 28, 2014

      Phoenix's new contracts with its employee unions will end the controversial practice of pension spiking for police officers and firefighters and cap it for other city workers, saving taxpayers an estimated $233 million over 25 years, according to a city report.

    • Arizona

      Phoenix ends pension spiking for police officers, firefighters

      AZCentral.com | by Dustin Gardiner | May 28, 2014

      Phoenix's new contracts with its employee unions will end the controversial practice of pension spiking for police officers and firefighters and cap it for other city workers, saving taxpayers an estimated $233 million over 25 years, according to a city report.

    • Headlines

      States Push Annual Park Passes to Raise Revenue

      Stateline | by Sandy Johnson | May 23, 2014

      As the Memorial Day holiday opens the 2014 summer vacation season, state parks have had to get creative about ways to raise money because budget officers are being chintzier with tax revenue.