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Senate panel to review $9.24B Arizona budget plan

(From left) Rep. John Kavanagh, R-Fountain Hills, Rep. David Gowan, R-Sierra Vista, and House Speaker Andy Tobin, R-Paulden, watch as the Arizona House of Representatives votes on the state budget late Thursday night. (Photo by Evan Wyloge/Arizona Capitol Times)

(From left) Rep. John Kavanagh, R-Fountain Hills, Rep. David Gowan, R-Sierra Vista, and House Speaker Andy Tobin, R-Paulden, watch as the Arizona House of Representatives votes on the state budget late Thursday night. (Photo by Evan Wyloge/Arizona Capitol Times)

An Arizona Senate committee plans to review changes the House made in the budget package senators passed a week and a half ago.

Monday’s Senate Appropriations Committee meeting may give a first hint of whether the upper chamber will fight the extra spending added by the House.

The House added $54 million in overall spending, adding some money for child welfare programs and $33 million to allow school district sponsored charter schools to operate for another year.

Other additions included restoring emergency dental, podiatry and insulin pumps to the state’s Medicaid plan.

The Senate passed its plan March 20. It was hung up in the House for most of last week by six Republicans who demanded more child welfare and education spending. The plan now sits at $9.24 billion.

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  1. Outrageous! 11th hour action by Kavanagh, Appropriations

    http://afscarizona.org/2014/03/29/no-handouts-for-geo-group/

    No Handouts for GEO Group!!

    AFSC Urgent Action Header

    John Kavanagh photo

    Tell Senate Appropriations Chair to pull $900,000 appropriation for GEO Group in state budget!

    The budget deal negotiated Thursday in the state House included an EXTRA $900,000 specifically earmarked for facilities run by one private prison corporation: GEO Group.

    This money was not requested by the Department of Corrections. The Arizona Republic reported that a lobbyist for GEO Group went directly to Rep. John Kavanagh, Chair of the House Appropriations Committee to make the request.

    The corporation essentially circumvented both the contract negotiation process AND the state agency budgeting process.

    Despite a contentious process in which a group of holdout Republicans were fighting to secure needed funds for the states broken child welfare system, Kavanagh handed this corporation $1 million that the Department of Corrections says it doesn’t need.

    How many needy Arizona families will go without child care? How many CPS cases will go un-investigated because John Kavanagh cares more about the interests of GEO Group than about the people of Arizona?” Read the Arizona Republic story here

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