Court lifts stay blocking budget cuts in services

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PHOENIX (AP) -- A state appellate court has lifted a lower court's order blocking the state from implementing budget cuts for services for the developmentally disabled.

A three-judge Court of Appeals panel on Thursday unanimously vacated a preliminary injunction issued in March by a Maricopa County Superior Court judge

Advocates for the developmentally disabled filed their suit Feb. 27, challenging the main law in a January budget-balancing package that closed a $1.6 billion budget shortfall.

The appellate panel said the plaintiffs "failed to present substantial evidence" to support arguments that the service cuts by the state violate or could violate federal law.

The ruling said the plaintiffs can return to court if they produce evidence on effects of the cuts.

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