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Appeals turned away on Arizona farm funds ruling

The Arizona Supreme Court is letting stand a lower court’s decision that the Legislature could take $161,400 from agricultural research and promotion funds to help balance the budget.

The Supreme Court on Tuesday declined without comment to hear appeals by the Arizona Farm Bureau and other agricultural industry groups.

The groups challenged sweeps of money from funds for marketing, promotion and research involving grain, citrus and lettuce.

They contended that the state couldn’t take the money that had been paid or donated by farmers and growers.

A trial judge agreed, but the Court of Appeals said state law didn’t prohibit the transfers made under 2008 budget legislation.

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