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Budget detailed, vote expected (access required)

The budget deal Republican lawmakers struck with the governor on June 26 includes $630 million in cuts, a dramatic change to a flat income tax system and a provision that will let voters decide this fall if a temporary sales tax increase should be used to bridge future deficits.

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Brewer spokesman confirms budget deal

Gov. Jan Brewer has reached agreement with House and Senate leaders on a 2010 budget deal. Brewer spokesman Paul Senseman would not discuss details of the agreement, but said it includes a fall ballot referral for the temporary 1-cent sales ...

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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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Dem leader tries to force budget to governor (access required)

On June 24, a senior Democratic senator tried to accomplish through a parliamentary maneuver what Gov. Jan Brewer failed to do by taking her case to court. Senate Minority Leader Jorge Garcia made a motion on the floor that afternoon for the Legislature to immediately transmit the budget bills it passed on June 4.

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Justices quick on the draw, but ruling odd (access required)

That was fast. And somewhat bewildering. It took the Arizona Supreme Court roughly five hours to issue a ruling that left both sides claiming victory in a legal challenge that resulted from the seriously fouled up budget negotiations between Gov. Jan ...

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Both sides claim win in Supreme Court ruling

Gov. Jan Brewer, Senate President Bob Burns and House Speaker Kirk Adams all claimed victory following the Arizona Supreme Court’s ruling in the governor’s case against the Legislature. Less than six hours after hearing oral arguments, the court on June ...

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