Arizona

Mar 20, 2014 1:11 PM by Associated Press

Arizona Senate takes up $9.1 billion spending plan

PHOENIX - The Arizona Senate is debating a $9.1 billion spending plan for the coming budget year, and Senate President Andy Biggs says he believes changes he's proposing will get Gov. Jan Brewer on board.

The Senate began debating the budget package championed by Biggs Thursday morning and a final vote could come late in the afternoon.

The Senate budget had more than $200 million less spending that Brewer wanted and left out some of her core priorities. Those include money for a new school assessment test, school broadband infrastructure and full funding for overhauling the state's child welfare system.

But Biggs says he's adding an extra $15 million for CPS and $18 million for the new test opposed by conservatives who don't like the state's new Common Core standards.

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