Arizona House set to debate budget bills

Arizona House set to debate budget bills

PHOENIX (AP) – The Latest on legislative action an Arizona budget proposal (all times local):

3:55 p.m.

The Arizona House gaveled-in to begin debate on the $9.58 billion spending package for the fiscal year that starts July 1 and then recessed because amendments weren’t ready.

The start of Friday‘s session came more than five hours late as changes to the agreement hammered out last week by Republican House and Senate leaders and Gov. Doug Ducey continued. After the traditional prayer and Pledge of Allegiance, members moaned when the Speaker pro tem announced the recess.

A budget deal struck by top leaders last week didn’t go over smoothly with some House Republicans, who fought to add education funding. The House Appropriations Committee chairman finally announced a deal late Thursday adding millions in spending for K-12 education to break the stalemate.

That agreement wasn’t set in stone, and negotiations continued out throughout the day Friday.

Some House Republicans balked at what they believe are funding shortfalls for smaller schools, district-sponsored charter schools and those with declining enrollment. The new agreement brings new spending on those items to about $51 million, up from about $16 million.

Some conservative members are upset at the added spending. Democrats want more spending on schools and social services.

The full Senate was also set to debate Friday morning but has delayed its session repeatedly.

9:30 a.m.

Members of the Arizona House Rules Committee are plowing through a series of budget bills as the $9.58 billion spending package for the fiscal year that starts July 1.

Friday‘s meeting of the panel that reviews proposed laws for constitutional issues sets the stage for House debate later in the day.

The action comes after the House Appropriations Committee chairman announced late Thursday a deal adding millions in spending for K-1! 2 education to break a stalemate that stalled a budget deal for several days.

The spending wasn’t added in the committee but is expected to be offered on the House floor.

The appropriations committee debated the bills negotiated between Republican House and Senate leaders and Gov. Doug Ducey for hours before adjourning at about 3 a.m. Friday.

Some House Republicans balked at what they believe are funding shortfalls for smaller schools, district-sponsored charter schools and those with declining enrollment. The new agreement brings spending on those items to about $51 million.

The Senate Appropriations Committee approved the budget bills late Wednesday, setting the stage for a full Senate debate

 

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