Betsey Bayless, the head of the Maricopa Integrated Health System, a public hospital system for the poor, received a $125,000 raise, bringing her salary to $500,000. Arizona Republic Columnist Laurie Roberts will discuss the raise.
The Commission on Salaries for Elective State Officers recommends that legislative salaries be raised from the current salary of $24,000 per year to $36,000 per year. If approved by voters it will become effective at the beginning of the next regular legislative session without any other authorizing legislation.
Education issues will be at the forefront during the 2006 legislative session. Full-day kindergarten, English language learners and salary increases and professional development programs for teachers will be among hotly debated topics. Senator Toni Hellon, Chair of the Senate K-12 Education Committee and Rep. Mark Anderson, Chair of the House K-12 Education Committee join the discussion.