PHOENIX— Rep. Andrés Cano, D-Tucson, today introduced legislation to restore funding to all of Arizona’s community colleges, increasing appropriations for Science, Technology, Education, and Mathematics fields throughout Arizona.
House Bill 2268 will allocate $21 million from the general fund in the 2020 budget to restore cuts to Pima and Maricopa Community Colleges, in addition a $5 million increase to S.T.E.M. funding and workforce programs to community colleges throughout the state.
“Arizona’s path to creating jobs and economic prosperity is directly correlated with fully-funding our community colleges,” Cano said. “This bill prioritizes workforce development and the gaps where Arizonans can have an opportunity to thrive, and to prosper.”
Overall, state funding for community colleges is $114 million less now than it was in 2008, a 66 percent drop.