Ariz. legislators to be briefed on stimulus money

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PHOENIX (AP) -- Arizona legislators get their first in-depth briefing Thursday afternoon on money the state government can expect from the federal stimulus package.

Legislative budget analysts have been poring over the voluminous legislation approved by Congress last week and signed into law Tuesday in Denver by President Barack Obama.

Initial estimates project that cash-strapped Arizona could get billions of dollars, with multiple funding streams for health care, schools, transportation and many other programs.

The Legislature's midyear budget-balancing package included $500 million in Medicaid funding from the stimulus package, but some majority Republicans have expressed concern that other stimulus money could have unacceptable strings attached.

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