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Legislature passes new limit on state spending

Arizona legislators were at the Capitol early Wednesday, pushing to end their 2011 regular session.

Lawmakers approved a flurry of bills during their adjournment push.

One bill sent to Gov. Jan Brewer would allow state government to increase its spending only for population growth and inflation.

Another authorizes a temporary tax increase for employers designed to help the state repay borrowed funds for unemployment benefits.

The governor is also getting a drug testing bill proposed as a response to Arizona voters’ legalization of medical marijuana.

The bill would let employers take action against employees who are believed to be impaired at work due to drug use, whether legal or illegal.

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