Arizona House pushes on $11.8B budget
PHOENIX — House Republicans voted early Saturday to approve an $11.8 billion spending plan after also agreeing to $386 million in cuts in state income taxes and fees, largely to offset higher revenues anticipated elsewhere.
The Senate gave its own blessing hours later to some parts of the budget. But the heart of the package — the detailed spending plan and the tax cut package — remained stalled Saturday afternoon as a handful of GOP senators held out their votes over issues including requests for additional funding and changes in how the income tax cuts are allocated.
But the biggest delay is due to a spat over how much time people who were victims of sex assault and abuse as children should have to file suit against their assailants. Arizona currently bars suit after the victim turns 20; holdouts want not just a higher age but also a ``window’’ for those for whom the time limits already have expired to bring new legal actions.