Arizona

Feb 22, 2013 12:49 PM by Associated Press

Arpaio says 'never mind' on jail funding request

PHOENIX - Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is dramatically scaling back his request for additional funding for his department.

Arpaio had requested a $274 million increase in funding, with $240 million of that for a new jail.

But The Arizona Republic reports that the sheriff says he's had second thoughts and decided that building a new jail amounted to a "wish list" that can wait.

Arpaio says his top priority is getting pay raises for sheriff's personnel.

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