HEADLINES : Arizona
State budget deal sealed
PHOENIX - State lawmakers approved a $9.23 billion budget for the coming fiscal year Monday as Senate Republicans agreed a spending plan higher than they had originally wanted but still less than sought by Gov. Jan Brewer and even their House GOP counterparts.
The final deal was approved with only one Democrat in support: Sen. Leah Landrum Taylor of Phoenix voted with the Republicans on the main spending bill after $125,000 was added to create the Arizona Commission of African-American Affairs.
It gives an extra $2 million to the University of Arizona over current funding and an identical amount to Arizona State University. That's $500,000 less for each than the House plan but still more than the $1.3 million for each the Senate had been offering.
Northern Arizona University will get $500,000.