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Committee approves religious tax breaks

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An Arizona Senate committee on Wednesday approved a bill that would grant tax breaks to private property owners who lease to churches, which opponents of the legislation said gives religious organizations an unfair advantage.

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Biggs confident in Senate budget, others not so sure (access required)

Arizona Senate President Andy Biggs (Photo by Evan Wyloge/Arizona Capitol Times)

The Senate is poised to pass a $9.13 billion fiscal 2015 budget on Thursday, and the House may follow suit next week when it begins its own debate on a plan expected to mirror the one proposed by Senate President Andy Biggs. Yet a question remains, one that Sen. Steve Pierce asked in the Senate’s GOP caucus meeting on Wednesday afternoon: “Do we really expect this to be signed by the governor?”

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