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GOP leaders cut budget deal with Gov. Doug Ducey

By Howard Fischer Capitol Media ServicesMay 20, 2019

PHOENIX — Republican legislative leaders say they’ve reached a deal on a spending plan with Gov. Doug Ducey.

But they still have to sell it to rank-and-file members of the GOP whose votes they need to get the plan approved. And they won’t get a look at it until today.

And there already are indications that it’s going to be difficult to get all the Republicans in line, something that’s crucial since it appears the majority party has not bothered to seek Democrat votes.

What’s causing the problem this year is, quite frankly, too much money.

Arizona went from a $1 billion deficit five years ago to a situation where anticipated revenues for this coming fiscal year are running about $1 billion ahead of what it would take just to keep state services at current levels. And that doesn’t count another $155 million the state is getting in a windfall due to changes in federal tax laws.

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