Arizona

Apr 7, 2014 11:35 PM by Associated Press

Arizona's budget approved

The Arizona Legislature has approved a state budget setting state spending at $9.228 billion for the coming budget year.

The final deal after leaders of the Republican majority negotiated a compromise on several issues that had hung up a final deal for weeks.

Democrats voted against the spending plan in both chambers, saying it spent too little on schools, higher education and child welfare.

The deal that broke the impasse will keep district charter schools running for another year by funding them with $24.5 million. The Senate's original budget would have completely defunded the schools, while the House one gave them $33 million.

The new deal also shed funding for emergency dental, chiropractic and podiatry services provided by the state's Medicaid insurance program for the poor. It left in funding for insulin pumps. Other provisions of the deal include more funding for a technical career high school programs.

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