AZ GOP Senate Passes Budget: Includes Tax Cuts, Bans Teaching Critical Race Theory
The Arizona Senate has passed a $12.8 billion budget for the coming fiscal year that contains massive income tax cuts after majority Republicans packed the package with a conservative policy wish list.
The Senate finished voting on the 11 budget bills about 2:30 a.m. Wednesday. The House had planned to vote Tuesday, but minority Democrats boycotted the session and Republicans now plan to vote Thursday. The new Senate provisions include a big expansion of the school voucher program, bans on teaching critical race theory in schools, and a host of bans on COVID-19 rules like mask and vaccine requirements.