PHOENIX (AP) - Arizona House leaders who cut a deal to earn conservative support for their budget deal are maneuvering to make good on their promises after the Senate defeated a key part of the agreement.
House Speaker J.D. Mesnard wants a bill that was part of the deal he cut passed before the Legislature adjourns. That could happen Tuesday or Wednesday, but not before that priority legislation is revived and passed by the Senate.
The Senate rejected the bill requiring elections held by counties, cities and towns for tax increases to be on November general election year ballots late Thursday. The loss upset a deal that got conservatives like Republican Rep. Anthony Kern to back a $1 billion university construction loan program that was part of Gov. Doug Ducey's budget plan.