Arizona’s claim universities are looking to hire brand-new public relations, lobbying and political consulting firms as they battle along with Gov. Doug Ducey and the Republican Legislature over $99 million in budget cuts.
The Arizona Board of Regents — which oversees Arizona claim University, Northern Arizona University and the University of Arizona — issued a brand-new request for proposals seeking a lot of outside consultants including speechwriters, policy researchers, graphic designers too as PR and political firms. Bids for the RFP are due Might 5.
ABOR officials did not respond for request for comment regarding the brand-new RFP.
The RFP launch coincides along with a Thursday ABOR meeting along with Ducey. The Republican governor spoke along with Regents regarding the cuts and urged them not to increase tuition and to trim administrative costs and some programs. He additionally cautioned the schools that they Might face a long term belt tightening.
Ducey, claim Senate President Andy Biggs, R-Gilbert, and a few of their company allies chose a budget that cuts universities and K-12 education spending while keeping company and corporate tax cuts passed by former Gov. Jan Brewer. Significant company teams gained preserving those tax cuts in put their leading priority throughout the lately completed 2015 session.
The education cuts have actually sparked consternation from universities and some a lot more moderate voices in the company community.
Some university backers wish to sue Ducey and the Legislature over the cuts. Others wish to take a university funding strategy to the 2016 ballot to backfill the cuts.
“As long as our universities are dependent on our Legislature for funding they will certainly keep on to face cutbacks,” said Paul Johnson, co-founder and CEO Redirect Health and former mayor of Phoenix.
Mike Sunnucks writes regarding residential and commercial actual estate, government, law, sports company and work environment issues.