Representatives from Governor Doug Ducey’s office were in Yuma on Friday to present area residents with details of his proposed budget for fiscal year 2020.
The governor’s budget calls for increasing the Rainy Day Fund to $1 billion, while allocating $164.7 million to fulfill and protect 20 percent teacher pay raises by 2020.
The budget also invests $637 million new dollars into K-12 public schools.
Matthew Gress, the Director of the Governor’s Office of Strategic Planning and Budgeting, met with members of the public at Yuma City Hall.
“The governor wants us to get out to all of our Arizona counties to share what’s in his executive budget," Gress said. "The idea here is to get feedback and take it back to Phoenix and see how the budget development process unfolds.”
Gress added that the budget maintains a structural balance with a surplus of $244 million.
It now goes to the state legislature for approval.