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Lawmakers work all night to pass budget

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Arizona lawmakers pulled an all-nighter and worked well past sunrise Saturday morning to approve a $9.1 billion budget proposal after Republican leadership spent the day rounding up the votes to get it across the finish line.

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Biggs’ dream budget?

Details of the budget deal reached by legislative leaders and Ducey emerged today, and if there’s a unifying theme, it’s that agencies and state programs should brace for painful times ahead.

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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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