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Next governor will have few options in dealing with $1 billion deficit (access required)

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Like Gov. Jan Brewer in 2009, the winner of the gubernatorial race between Republican Doug Ducey and Democrat Fred DuVal will find himself in the unenviable position of trying to erase a massive budget deficit. Legislative fiscal analysts say the state is expected to face a $520 million deficit for the current fiscal year and will be in a $1 billion hole in fiscal year 2016, which begins next July 1.

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Lawmakers approve $9.23 billion budget

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Three weeks after the Senate surprised the Capitol community by unilaterally moving forward with a bare bones budget proposal, Republicans in the House and Senate came to an agreement on a spending plan they hope the governor will accept.

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