Timing for budget action an issue for legislators

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PHOENIX (AP) -- With no sign that the state's finances are improving, Arizona legislators are debating when to approve a budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1.

Some majority Senate Republicans on Tuesday argued for early action on the budget, which will require closing a projected $3 billion revenue shortfall. Others say new Gov. Jan Brewer should get the time she needs to engage on decisions on possible spending cuts and other approaches.

There are both fiscal and political implications with timing.

Initial budget cuts made to keep the current budget in the black are stirring complaints aimed at lawmakers, and Senate President Bob Burns said lawmakers don't yet know how much money the state will get from the federal stimulus package.

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