State Capitol News
8:28 am
Tue March 18, 2014

State Senate Budget $200 Million Less Than What Gov. Brewer Sought

Senate President Andy Biggs
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Senate Republicans unveiled their own $9.1 billion spending plan Monday. But, it already is getting a cool reception from Gov. Jan Brewer who sought about $200 million more. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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State Capitol News
8:56 am
Tue January 21, 2014

Kavanagh: Are Too Many Arizonans Going to College?

Rep. John Kavanagh
Credit Capitol Media Services file photo by Howard Fischer

The head of the House Appropriations Committee said if the state’s three universities are complaining they don’t have enough money, there’s probably a good reason for that. And, he said it's not because the state is shorting them. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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State Capitol News
4:16 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Gov. Brewer Releases a Slimmed-Down Budget

Gov. Jan Brewer
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Gov. Jan Brewer unveiled her spending plan this afternoon that has more money for what will replace Child Protective Services, but scant new funds for education. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer has details.

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State Capitol News
3:15 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

Governor Brewer Proposes Nearly $9 Billion Budget

As expected the governor wants money for Child Protective Service workers and school resource officers. There also are funds for the state's three universities, though some is conditional on meeting certain goals.

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State Capitol News
8:56 am
Wed May 9, 2012

State to Use Mortgage Fraud Settlement Funds to Balance Budget

A legal fight is brewing over the decision by lawmakers and the governor to tap a mortgage fraud settlement to help balance the budget. 

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State Capitol News
10:30 am
Tue May 8, 2012

Governor Brewer Signs Budget

Governor Jan Brewer penned her approval Monday to a nearly 8-point-6 billion dollar spending plan for the coming year, although it wasn't quite what she wanted. 

Brewer pronounced herself very pleased with the plan.

"You know," she said, "we've got a carry forward. We've got a balanced budget. We put money into the rainy day fund. I got more dollars for education, protected the chronically mentally ill with the Arnold v. Sarn. DPS which was another priority of mine. You know, I'm just  really happy with what we were able to complete and give to the public."

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KNAU and Arizona News
9:49 am
Wed May 2, 2012

What Does the New State Budget Look Like

State lawmakers late Tuesday adopted a spending plan for the coming year. 

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State Capitol News
5:55 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

Lawmakers Approve Budget

State lawmakers voted this afternoon on a nearly 8-point-6 billion spending plan that Democrats contend ignores critical state needs. 

Both sides agree that state revenues are on the increase. But Republicans want to bank $450 million of that against anticipated future deficits while the Democrats say there are more immediate needs. Sen. Steve Gallardo said one of those is a proposal to fund adult education programs.

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State Capitol News
5:54 pm
Mon April 30, 2012

Plan to Balance Budget May be Challenged

A legal fight is brewing over one way state lawmakers intend to balance the budget. 

The plan hammered out between the governor and Republican legislative leaders adds funding for education and a new state prison. It even puts $450 million into a special rainy day fund against future deficits. To do that, lawmakers will take more than half of the nearly $98 million the state got earlier this year as part of its share of a nationwide settlement with lenders over charges of mortgage fraud. Senate President Steve Pierce said the shift is justified.

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State Capitol News
9:25 am
Wed January 25, 2012

State Senate Not to Hear from Public on Budget

Republican State Senator Don Shooter, who chairs the Appropriations Committee said Tuesday's meeting was to hear not from the public but from the directors of the departments of health and economic security about how they operate and their funding needs for the coming year.

Sen. David Lujan, a Democrat, objected, "We're not providing the public an opportunity to testify today on such an important part of what we do down here."

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