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Will the honeymoon last? Agreement between Ducey, lawmakers could signal quick session (access required)

New Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey talks during his inauguration Jan. 5 at the state Capitol in Phoenix. (Photo by Ryan Cook/RJ Cook Photography)

People scoffed when Senate President Andy Biggs said he wanted a 65-day legislative session in 2015. That may be overly optimistic, but if the first two weeks of the session are indicative of how he, his fellow Republican lawmakers and new Gov. Doug Ducey are getting along in budget negotiations, the session and the budget may be headed toward relatively swift resolutions.

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Ducey proposes cuts, one-time sweeps to balance budget (access required)

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Gov. Doug Ducey proposed a combination of one-time solutions and hundreds of millions of dollars in budget cuts, including big hits to universities and Medicaid providers, while Arizona waits for the economy recover enough for its budget to be structurally balanced by fiscal year 2017.

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Incoming senator battles to open up the budget process (access required)

Sen. Jeff Dial of Chandler. (Photo by Alyson Zepeda/Cronkite News)

Try to change Arizona’s budget-making process, and you’re bound to bruise a few egos. Sen.-elect Jeff Dial found that out the hard way this week, as word of his proposal to bring back appropriations subcommittees – once a staple of the budget process for Arizona lawmakers – spread throughout the Capitol.

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