Ducey holding telephone town hall on school funding


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PHOENIX (AP) — Gov. Doug Ducey is holding his second telephonic town hall in a week as he works to build support for his plan to use cash in the state's permanent land trust to temporarily boost school funding.

The governor is touting Tuesday evening's event as a way for the public to ask questions. He says his plan adds $1.8 billion in new school funding over five years.

Republican legislative leaders are proposing using land trust cash, tobacco tax money and surplus cash to boost funding.

A judge has ordered the state to immediately boost funding by $330 million a year but the Legislature is appealing that ruling.

House GOP leaders were meeting with their members Tuesday as talk of a special Legislative session on school funding heats up.

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