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The meaning of shrewd

Many have criticized Ducey for presuming in his first budget plan that the state does not have to pay schools inflation funding while promising a structurally balanced budget by FY17. But a longtime Capitol observer said the governor’s strategy is politically shrewd – and completely understandable.

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Ducey proposes cuts, one-time sweeps to balance budget (access required)

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Gov. Doug Ducey proposed a combination of one-time solutions and hundreds of millions of dollars in budget cuts, including big hits to universities and Medicaid providers, while Arizona waits for the economy recover enough for its budget to be structurally balanced by fiscal year 2017.

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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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