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New target date for budget: Aug. 20 (access required)

Arizona lawmakers are planning to send a set of budget bills to the Governor's Office on Aug. 20, after a short floor session today that ended without any action. But that budget plan will not include the proposal for a sales tax referral, something that Gov. Jan Brewer has insisted on for months.

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Senate revives sales tax referral (access required)

The Arizona Senate has revived a measure that contains a provision for a sales tax increase, even though some lawmakers have called it a "dead horse." Senate President Bob Burns indicated lawmakers would continue to work to pass the ballot referral.

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Garcia says he needed 1 more Dem in Senate (access required)

This year, Democrats occasionally helped to pass time-sensitive legislation, including measures that ensured Arizona would get federal stimulus money. But, for the most part, Senate Minority Leader Jorge Luis Garcia and his fellow Democrats watched from the sidelines as Republicans unilaterally crafted budget bills and other legislation.

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Lawmakers tackle education budget first (access required)

A veto last week of public school funding has left Arizona unable to receive a billion dollars in federal stimulus aid for education, but lawmakers are hoping to pass legislation today (July 6) to restore the funding and qualify for the federal money.

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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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