AZ lawmakers claim education is top priority with new session

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The legislative session is set to start on Monday. Education is a top priority for Arizona's families, so how will it be handled by your elected officials?
Lawmakers claim education is one of their top priorities. 

At Friday's Legislative Forecast Luncheon, put on by the Arizona Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Senate President Steve Yarbrough said he believed they could fund education without raising taxes.

"We are going to be increasing K-12 education, and for that I'd say, tune in to the State of the State Monday," said Gov. Doug Ducey.

While he would not go into specifics about education funding, he did make an announcement on the jobs front.

[RELATED: Group calls on legislature, Gov. Ducey to add school cash]

"I want to welcome Skybridge Arizona to our state," Governor Ducey said at the luncheon in front of about 1,200 business leaders and 90 lawmakers.

The air cargo inspections company is moving into a space at Mesa-Gateway Airport. The governor claims it will bring 17,000 jobs to our state over the next few years.

"It's going to be retail, it's going to be industrial, it's going to be all kinds of development around the Mesa-Gateway area," Ducey said.

[RELATED: New report shows Arizona school funding still lagging]

The governor may now set his sights on revisiting the gaming compact to get more money for our schools. 

"We are discussing with the tribes the compact, and we would like that to be a discussion that is in good faith, and benefits the tribal nations, but could benefit the state as well," Ducey said.

"We need to get back to pre-recession levels and I don't know where that money will come from," said Senator Minority Leader Katie Hobbs.

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Schools currently get about $44.7 million from the casinos per fiscal year, and she said she doesn't think we can get much more.

"We're looking at short-term at small solutions rather than how we address this really large problem," Hobbs said.

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Lindsey returned to the Valley in 2010 after covering border and immigration issues in El Paso, TX. While in El Paso she investigated public corruption, uncovered poor business practices, and routinely reported on the violence across the border.

Lindsey feels honored to have several awards under her belt, including a Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence Award, Hearst Journalist Award, and several National Broadcast Education Association Awards.

Lindsey is a graduate of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University, and she currently serves as a mentor to journalism students. She studied for a semester in Alicante, Spain and also earned a degree in Spanish at ASU.

She is proud to serve as a member of United Blood Services’ Community Leadership Council, a volunteer advisory board for the UBS of Arizona.

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