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Quorum likely for special session

Most Arizona senators will be present for the opening of the special session on July 6, according to staff members in their Senate offices. A handful will probably be absent, including senators Meg Burton Cahill of Tempe and Richard Miranda of Tolleson.

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Arm-twisting fails in budget-balancing drama (access required)

The final days of the first regular session of the 49th Legislature were punctuated by fits and starts over the passage of a budget deal Republican leaders reached with Gov. Jan Brewer, as lawmakers aborted one attempt after another to approve the package, finally doing so hours after the new fiscal year began.

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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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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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