Report: Arizona higher education funding down 30 percent since 2009

PHOENIX - Arizona cut funding for its public colleges and universities by more than 30 percent since 2009, according to the annual Grapevine report by the Illinois State University Center for the Study of Education Policy.

The report shows funding across the country is still 4 percent lower than it was before the recession began, an analysis by the Huffington Post said.

Overall, 40 states increased their public education funding, though some states fared better than others.

In 2009, Arizona spent $1.3 billion in state funds and federal stimulus money on higher education. That number dropped down to $873 million for fiscal year 2014.

Arizona's education spending did increase 3.5 percent in the past year, according to the report.

However, Gov. Jan Brewer's proposal released last week asked for a no-growth budget in 2015 for state institutions. 

Read the full Grapevine report on illinoisstate.edu.

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