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Budget cuts for everybody – almost (access required)

Although nearly every level of state government is facing a spending cut as the state grapples with a more than $3 billion deficit, those responsible for crafting the budget didn't think the time was right to give themselves a haircut.

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Budget deal struck

Republican legislative leaders say they have struck a deal with the governor on a budget plan that includes more than $600 million in spending cuts. It also contains a provision to let voters decide this fall whether to temporarily raise the sales tax by one cent to help bridge steep deficits that are expected for the next several years.

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News Notes: Budget deal close

Insiders told our reporter today that a budget deal with Brewer is "very close." The source would not discuss details of any potential compromises, but said that another three-party session is planned for today.

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AZ Supreme Court won’t force budget transmittal (access required)

Roughly four hours after hearing oral arguments regarding a tense state budget stalemate, the Arizona Supreme Court decided it will not force the Legislature’s Republican leadership to submit its approved fiscal 2010 budget to Gov. Jan Brewer. In a three-page ...

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News Notes: Negotiation gap closing

The two sides continue to inch closer to an agreement, sources within the majority caucuses told our reporter today. K-12 and VLT funding are still the major stumbling block(s). Otherwise, there appears to be a growing sentiment among some in ...

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