SALC Issues Statement Backing Governor’s Teacher Raise Proposal
Calls the move ‘A step in the right direction we can all get behind’
TUCSON, AZ (April 17, 2018) — Southern Arizona Leadership Council (SALC), comprised of 140 CEOs and leaders in the region, supports Gov. Doug Ducey’s proposal to provide a much-deserved 20-percent pay increase for teachers in Arizona by 2020.
The plan, which is now being negotiated in the legislature, would represent an initial significant step toward adequately compensating Arizona’s valued educators. SALC members believe that attracting, retaining and rewarding qualified teachers is critical to ensuring continued economic growth and prosperity in our state.
The salary boost is proposed to be funded in three ways – through increased revenues from Arizona’s flourishing economy; by a rollback of several of the Governor’s executive initiatives and proposed tax cuts; and as a result of savings and efficiencies from state programs. As the legislature works with the Governor to make this proposal a reality, we urge using the proposed available revenue sources and not to divert funding from current commitments to the P-20 education pipeline.
Our state’s future workforce depends on high-quality educators and a robust, fully-funded education system. SALC strongly encourages our state legislators to partner with the Governor on this plan which is a step toward full funding for Arizona’s teachers.
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About Southern Arizona Leadership Council
The Southern Arizona Leadership Council was founded in 1997 by senior business and community leaders in the Tucson region. Its goal is to use the collective leadership of its members to engage strategic issues facing the community. The mission of SALC is to improve greater Tucson and Arizona by bringing together resources and leadership to create action to enhance the economic climate and quality of life in our communities to attract, retain, and grow high-quality, high-wage jobs. For more information visit salc.org.
The Southern Arizona Leadership Council proudly salutes the strong effort, teamwork and leadership that is making the Arizona Bowl a tradition in our community. The game brings in much needed revenue to Tucson between Christmas and New Year’s, traditionally a slow period. Economic impact to Southern Arizona in 2015 – $16.3 million; 8,000 hotel room nights were used.
SALC welcomes the coaches, players and fans of the Air Force Academy Falcons and the South Alabama Jaguars. We look forward to a great game that not only boosts our economy, but shines a light on the wonderful lifestyle here in Southern Arizona.
The 140 senior business leaders of SALC congratulate the NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl presenters and partners for building Southern Arizona.
The Bowl founded by Mark Irvin and Fletcher Mckuser is served by an Executive Board of (Ali Farhang, Gary Malis, David Cohen, Kym Adair, and Brent DeRaad) and an advisory board of more than 50 local business leaders from across Tucson
The conference has multi-year commitment from NOVA Home Loans as Title Sponsor; four year contracts with Mountain West Conference and Sun Belt Conference to provide teams; and a four-year deal with Campus Insiders, the Bowl’s Digital Media Partner
For more information about the games visit http://www.novaarizonabowl.com/