Governor Doug Ducey

Ducey Budget to Cut Funding to NAU and Education

Jan 20, 2015

Governor Doug Ducey has submitted his budget proposal for the 2016 fiscal year beginning in July. The Governor’s goal is to balance the state budget by the following year, and as Arizona Public Radio’s Justin Regan reports, that involves a lot of spending cuts.

Governor Doug Ducey’s proposal to cut funding to the state universities is drawing concerns from Northern Arizona University President Rita Cheng. In a statement issued to Governor Ducey, Cheng said the proposed $13.1 million funding cut will make it challenging for NAU to operate. Cheng said the university is already working on a reduced budget, citing previous deep cuts during the Great Recession. Cheng added that NAU’s campus community is planning a number of discussions to determine critical priorities and where spending cuts can be made.

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The first bill likely to arrive on Governor Doug Ducey’s desk would create a statewide high school civics test. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, state lawmakers are fast-tracking legislation that could be ready for the governor’s signature this week.