Between 2001 and 2015, state tax appropriations in Arizona declined from 74% to 48% of all higher education funding. During this time, the portion of funding from local appropriations increased from 26% to 47%. This growing reliance on local appropriations reflected steady disinvestment by the state in public two-year institutions.
In fiscal year 2016, the state eliminated all state funding for the two largest community colleges. 10 Arizona Joint Budget Committee. (2018). Arizona community colleges general fund appropriations: FY 2010 through FY 2019. https://www.azleg.gov/jlbc/accgfapp.pdfVIEW ALL FOOTNOTES As a result, local appropriations reached 50% of all funding for the first time in 2016. Today, Arizona is the only state with a higher portion of funding coming from local sources than from state tax appropriations.