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Arizona Legislature Nears Plan For Basic State Budget

Arizona state lawmakers are still considering a plan to quickly pass a basic state budget by the end of the week to ensure the state has funding until the coronavirus crisis ebbs.

Republican House Speaker Rusty Bowers told his members the “baseline” budget would include no policy changes like tax cuts but provide required funding increases that are in the budget.

Republican Senate President Karen Fann says other items include unemployment for temporary layoffs and waiving rules that require testing and a minimum number of school days for K-12 campuses that are shuttered because of the virus.

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