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Legislature passes new limit on state spending

Arizona legislators were at the Capitol early Wednesday, pushing to end their 2011 regular session.

Lawmakers approved a flurry of bills during their adjournment push.

One bill sent to Gov. Jan Brewer would allow state government to increase its spending only for population growth and inflation.

Another authorizes a temporary tax increase for employers designed to help the state repay borrowed funds for unemployment benefits.

The governor is also getting a drug testing bill proposed as a response to Arizona voters’ legalization of medical marijuana.

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