May 14, 2013 4:40 PM

AZ Senate to move budget but Medicaid fight looms

PHOENIX (AP) - Arizona Senate leaders plan to introduce a state budget and allow the proposal to move to a vote later this week, clearing the way for a debate on Gov. Jan Brewer's Medicaid expansion.

A person with direct knowledge of the plan who could not speak on the record because the budget bill hasn't been introduced told The Associated Press that the bill will be unveiled Tuesday, move through the Appropriations Committee and should reach the Senate floor Thursday.

A battle among Democrats and a handful of Republican Medicaid expansion supporters is expected to occur there.

Senate approval would send the budget to the House, where Medicaid expansion remains uncertain.

The budget, Medicaid expansion and Brewer's sales tax collection overhaul plan are the remaining big issues for the Legislature this year.


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