A Senate committee on Wednesday advanced a package of budget bills that outline a $9.58 billion spending plan, with a promise of amendments to the bills on the chamber’s floor.
The Arizona House and Senate are primed for rapid movement of a $9.58 billion budget package.
Leaders in the Arizona House and Senate presented rank-and-file lawmakers with a $9.58 billion spending plan, but aren’t yet ready to bring the budget to a vote.
House Speaker Pro Tem Bob Robson and Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Don Shooter confirmed that a tentative deal was reached on Saturday and a budget should be introduced and approved this week.
Gov. Doug Ducey is defending a budget proposal that would take more money from Arizona's universities, saying it was necessary to slash deeper there to ensure a balanced budget.
Tucked inside the bill that reopened the federal government late Wednesday night was language guaranteeing that border-security measures, specifically radar surveillance blimps, would continue to be funded into 2014.
More than 240 furloughed workers at the Arizona Department of Economic Security are back on the job now that the federal government is back up and running.
A delegation from the Arizona Technology Council came to Washington this week hoping to persuade Congress to stop automatic spending cuts that would hurt state defense contractors and could lead to layoffs.
The Arizona Board of Regents began the legislative session seeing nothing in any budget proposal for two of its prime spending requests: Money for parity among the three universities and for the Phoenix campus of the University of Arizona medical school.
The Republican-led Legislature plans to approve an $8.6 billion spending plan for the state on Tuesday, shortly after Gov. Jan Brewer and GOP leaders sealed a budget agreement last week.
The snafu in the Senate had repercussions in the House where its Approps Committee was scheduled to hear the tax related measures: two related to the referral of the sales tax increase and one dealing with the flat-rate income tax.
The budget deal reached by legislative leaders and Gov. Jan Brewer took one step closer to getting a full vote by the Senate.