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Arizona Senate takes up $9.1 billion spending plan

Arizona Senate takes up $9.1 billion spending plan

By Laura Kittell. CREATED Mar 20, 2014

PHOENIX (AP) - The Arizona Senate has given initial approval to a $9.1 billion spending plan for the coming budget year, and Senate President Andy Biggs says he believes changes will get Gov. Jan Brewer on board.
   
The Senate debated the budget package championed by Biggs for hours Thursday morning and a final vote could come late in the afternoon.
   
Brewer spokesman Andrew Wilder, however, said no deal had been finalized. And it remained unclear if the House of Representatives was on board.
   
The Senate budget had more than $200 million less spending that Brewer wanted and left out some of her core priorities. Those include money for a new school assessment test, school broadband infrastructure and full funding for overhauling the state's child welfare system.
   
But Biggs says he's adding an extra $15 million for CPS and $8 million for the new test opposed by conservatives who don't like the state's new Common Core standards.

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