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Arizona House plans budget debate as Senate looks for votes

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Posted at 12:56 PM, May 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-23 15:56:26-04

PHOENIX (AP) - The Arizona House is planning to debate a proposed state budget as Republican Senate leaders struggle for another day to round up support.

The House is scheduled Thursday to consider a dozen bills making up the $11.8 billion spending plan. The Senate remained a stumbling block with several Republicans refusing to vote for the budget for various reasons.

Opposition in the Senate eased somewhat on Wednesday as two holdout lawmakers said their concerns were addressed.

Democrats oppose the budget negotiated by Republican Gov. Doug Ducey and GOP leaders of the House and Senate. Democrats object particularly to tax cuts they say starve the state of revenue needed for schools, infrastructure, housing and other needs.

Republicans say those tax cuts simply offset higher revenue from changes to the federal tax code.