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House panel advances latest budget fix, filling $650M gap (access required)

Lawmakers on a House panel generally agreed an emergency measure intended to repair the fiscal 2009 budget amounts to bad policy, but the bill still managed to gain approval along a party-line vote. One by one, legislators explained their objection to using accounting gimmicks and raiding funding in schools' bank accounts.

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Budget gets House panel OK, but it’s just a start (access required)

A legislative panel may have spent the better part of seven hours debating, amending and approving a package of budget bills, but that doesn't mean action on a plan to solve a roughly $3 billion deficit is imminent. Rather, many lawmakers say the significance of the committee's work is that it sets the stage for progress to be made.

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UpClose with Rep. Chris Deschene (access required)

Balance is a way of life for Rep. Chris Deschene. The freshman Democrat must balance his legislative duties in Phoenix with his family in Window Rock. As a Navajo, he is one of only two Native American lawmakers at the Capitol and the only one in the House of Representatives.

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Changes to budget plan could spike support from some members (access required)

The biggest differences between the Republican budget proposal released April 27 and a draft leaked to the press a month earlier were two components designed to generate more than $500 million in revenue without raising taxes. And those two ideas have created the biggest backlash against the latest proposal.

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