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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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A full transcript of the April 17 letter to Brewer (access required)

Dear Governor Brewer: For the last two months, we have met with your staff on a regular basis to discuss ongoing budget issues, tax reform and progress related to the federal stimulus funds. Concurrently, members of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees have continued their work toward a legislative budget proposal. We have spent considerable time with the members providing educational opportunities so that they would have the information needed to make budget decisions

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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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Arizona’s general fund back in black (access required)

Arizona Treasurer Dean Martin said the state general fund has repaid short-term loans taken out to cover day-to-day spending, but warned that the state may have to borrow again in the near future if federal stimulus funds aren't received soon.

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