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Mar 28, 2014 3:03 PM by Associated Press

Arizona House OKs revised $9.23B state budget

PHOENIX (AP) - The Arizona House has adopted a state budget plan that adds spending to the one passed by the Senate last week.

The action came late Thursday after hours of debate on added child welfare and education spending that some Republicans demanded to sign off on the deal. Five of the six Republican members who balked signed onto the deal.

The final vote on all nine bills was mainly along party lines, with most of the majority Republicans in support.

Democrats unsuccessfully tried to add millions more in child welfare, education and other spending.

The budget adds $54 million in spending to the $9.18 billion budget adopted last week by the Senate.

Spending is now at $9.24 billion with the addition of $33 million to keep about 60 new district charter schools running for another year, a small increase in child welfare spending and other items.

The budget now returns to the Senate for action.

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