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Plans for plentiful spending turn to ‘skinny budget’ nearly overnight (access required)

The Second Regular Session of the 54th Legislature is a tale of riches to rags. What began six months ago with optimism – about a strong economy, the possibility for the fulfillment of promises to educators, perhaps even bipartisanship – ended in confusion and disarray. A global pandemic sidelined legislative priorities, doused the economy in ice water ...

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In this April 15, 2020, file photo, the blur of car lights zip past the Arizona Capitol as the dome is illuminated in blue as a symbol of support for Arizona's frontline medical workers and emergency responders battling the coronavirus in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

Good revenues belie looming budget uncertainty (access required)

With COVID-19 again on the rise in Arizona and the next legislative session looming, some in the Legislature are coming around to the idea of passing a so-called “skinny budget” that retains baseline spending levels from the previous fiscal year and ducking out early, just as lawmakers did last session.

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