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Pearce: Senate plans Ariz. budget action Wednesday

Arizona Senate President Russell Pearce says the Senate will act Wednesday on a proposed state budget even though it doesn’t have an agreement with Republican Gov. Jan Brewer.

Pearce says Republican senators are anxious to approve a budget and that Senate action could take place all on one day.

Details of Senate Republicans’ budget plan haven’t been released. However, GOP lawmakers have been trying to cut more spending than the $1 billion Brewer proposed.

Republican legislators say deeper spending cuts would allow the state to avoid or reduce borrowing and other budget-balancing maneuvers proposed by the governor.

House Majority Leader Andy Tobin poured cold water on the prospect of House action on a budget this week. He says the House continues working toward an agreement with the Senate and Brewer.

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