Lawmakers say current Ariz. budget work unfinished

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PHOENIX (AP) -- The Legislature may not be out of the woods yet in terms of fixing the current state budget.

Lawmakers approved a midyear budget-balancing package that Gov. Jan Brewer signed into law on Feb. 1. But Senate President Bob Burns said Monday there's a strong possibility that more work will be needed.

Burns said that's partly because the revenue picture appears to be weak.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Gray said lawmakers are carefully looking for "land mines" buried in the budget from when it was originally enacted last June at the behest of former Gov. Janet Napolitano.

Gray cites as an example a requirement that local governments pay the state nearly $30 million. The Arizona Supreme Court recently ruled that provision was unconstitutional.

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