Monday, August 25, 2014

Ken Bennett claim about school funding is true

Four Stars; TRUE

THE COMMENT: "As Senate President, Ken put more new money ($640 million) into K-12 education than ever before in state history."
WHAT WE'RE LOOKING AT: Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Bennett said that while serving as Senate president, he put more new money into K-12 education than had ever been previously allocated. Specifically, he said he put $640 million in new money into K-12 education.
To evaluate Bennett's claim, AZ Fact Check looked back at state budgets during the time he led the Senate.
As Senate president, Bennett played a key role in the 2004 through 2007 fiscal-year budgets. In fact, an Arizona Republic story about the fiscal 2007 budget debate notes that Bennett worked "hard to make the best deal possible and, in the end, was even lobbying reluctant House members to get on board" with the state budget.
An independent analysis by the Joint Legislative Budget Committee shows gains of about $500 million in fiscal 2006 and $469 million in funding boosts in fiscal 2007.
BOTTOM LINE: The Bennett campaign mailer is accurate. During the time he was Senate president, he played a key role in helping to approve the largest increases in K-12 education funding in Arizona
THE FINDING: Four stars; true.                            
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