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Legislative Funding Request

Legislative Funding Request Process

Each year, as required by State law (ARS 35-113), ASU submits its state budget requests to the Governor, who forwards copies of the requests to the Joint Legislative Budget Committee (JLBC) for analysis. ARS 15-1601 stipulates that the Arizona Board of Regents (ABOR) shall maintain state universities at Tempe in Maricopa county, in western Maricopa county, and in eastern Maricopa county. For this reason, ASU submits three separate state budget requests to the Governor each year, one each for ASU at the Tempe Campus, ASU at the West Campus (in western Maricopa County) and ASU at the Polytechnic Campus (in eastern Maricopa County).

The annual state budget request process typically begins in June with the ABOR’s issuance of State operating budget request guidelines. The ABOR guidelines generally expand on the guidelines issued by the Governor’s office and allow for the development and submission of continuation base budget requests as well as requests for strategic investment funding. ABOR reviews each university’s preliminary request at its August meeting and approves the budget requests at its September meeting, allowing the universities to submit their requests to the Governor on October 1, as required.

With the exception of the universities, all State agencies’ budget requests are due on September 1. ARS 35-113, however, permits the Governor’s office to approve an extension of the due date by 30 days under special circumstances. ABOR requests, and receives, an extension to allow the universities to report actual Fall semester student enrollments and estimates of tuition revenue to be generated by those enrollments based on the official day for enrollment counts (the 21st day following the first day of classes).

In early January, the Governor of Arizona issues an Executive Budget recommendation and the JLBC issues its recommendations soon after. Arizona’s legislative session runs from early January to May, although the session can extend into June, and ends with the passage, by the House and Senate, of an appropriations bill that is forwarded on to the Governor. The Governor may sign or veto the entire bill, or exercise selective line item vetoes. University budgets typically are passed in the form of a lump sum, meaning the appropriation consists of a single dollar amount, thereby allowing the shifting of funds among line items, programs and subprograms without further Legislative or Executive Branch review. Within the lump sum format, any program or Special Line Item may be listed separately.

Not long after the conclusion of the legislative session, the JLBC produces the Annual Fiscal Year State Appropriations Report which documents the fiscal decisions of the recently completed session.