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Gov. Ducey: State can't afford bigger teacher pay hike

The clamor to address low teacher salaries in Arizona last week prompted statewide demonstrations and promises to emerge as a major issue in the upcoming governor’s race.

Trying to head off the issue, the Legislature last week passed and Gov. Doug Ducey swiftly signed a bill to extend a half-cent sales tax surcharge set to expire in 2020. Voters had previously approved the half a penny per $1 spent, which generates $600 million for education.


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