Ariz. legislators propose restoring school money

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PHOENIX -- A special session of the Arizona Legislature is under way, with lawmakers proposing to restore vetoed state funding for K-12 public schools.

Budget crisis

Budget special session begins today - Arizona legislators report back to work Monday, only days after ending a marathon regular session.

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Bipartisan legislation introduced Monday in the House and senate would appropriate $3.2 billion for K-12 schools.

Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed that funding and other key parts of the budget enacted Wednesday by the Legislature. She wants lawmakers to send her proposed sales-tax increase to voters.

The four bills introduced Monday by lawmakers don't touch the sales-tax issue but intend to restore the school funding and take other steps to restore Arizona's ability for federal stimulus funding.

And there are indications that lawmakers don't regard those bills as the final word on what the Legislature does in special session.

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