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Governors' Proposals

HAWAII

Governor: John Waihee 3rd (D)

FY 1995 proposed state budget: $3.1 billion
FY 1995 proposed K-12 budget: $1.05 billion
FY 1994 K-12 budget: $1.03 billion
Percent change K-12 budget: +1.9 percent

Highlights

  • Proposed increase represents a supplemental request to the biennial budget for 1995 approved by the legislature last year. Education, welfare, and foster care were the only areas in which the Governor requested substantial increases to previously appropriated funds.
  • Two bills proposed by the Governor that would have changed the structure of the statewide school board to establish clearer accountability for education have died in the legislature.

MISSOURI

Governor: Mel Carnahan (D)

FY 1995 proposed state budget: $5.2 billion
FY 1995 proposed K-12 budget: $1.4 billion
FY 1994 K-12 budget: $1.25 billion
Percent change K-12 budget: +12 percent

Highlights

  • Voters rejected proposed constitutional amendment to permit riverboat gambling.
  • Because budget projections were based on potential gambling revenue, legislature must consider possible cuts in the proposed budget.

Final Action

ARIZONA

Governor: Fife Symington (R)

FY 1995 state budget: $4.2 billion
FY 1995 K-12 budget: $1.59 billion
FY 1994 K-12 budget: $1.44 billion
Percent change K-12 budget: +10 percent

Highlights

  • Budget approved by lawmakers provides full funding for the state finance formula for the first time since the recession of the early 1990's.
  • Lawmakers considering measure to create a limited school-choice program.

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