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Sine finally die! (access required)

Arizona House Speaker Rusty Bowers, R-Mesa, looks over the printed budget prior to a vote on the Arizona budget at the Arizona Capitol Thursday, June 24, 2021, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

After 171 days and several false starts and with mere hours to spare before a government shutdown, Gov. Doug Ducey signed a budget and the Arizona Legislature finally succeeded in adjourning sine die at 4:54 p.m. Wednesday.

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GOP budget maneuvers anger educators (access required)

Arizona Education Association President Joe Thomas speaks at a press conference June 21 in the Capitol’s rose garden as members of Red for Ed listen behind him. Thomas and others lashed out against the Republican-crafted budget they said left public education underfunded in favor of tax cuts for the state’s wealthiest. PHOTO BY KYRA HAAS/ARIZONA CAPITOL TIMES

Public school advocates’ frustrations with the state budget go beyond Gov. Doug Ducey’s tax plan – the rebirth of zombie bills and expansion of empowerment scholarship account eligibility are an added blow to groups that say the Legislature should prioritize traditional public education.

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