By BOB CHRISTIE
PHOENIX (AP) - It would take $170 million a year to give Arizona teachers the same 5 percent pay increase West Virginia lawmakers just gave out, and there is a new-found pot of cash that could make that happen.
The federal tax cut law signed by President Donald Trump in December is expected to boost tax revenue for Arizona by at least $130 million in the coming budget year and possibly as much as $250 million. But Republican lawmakers who control the Legislature want to avoid what they see as a tax increase and plan tax cuts instead of teacher raises.
Teachers rallied at schools across the Arizona Wednesday to demand better pay. Tolleson teacher Noah Karvelis said Republican leaders' plan to use the windfall for tax cuts make no sense.
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