Arizona House to debate $9.2 billion budget

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

PHOENIX (AP) -- The Arizona House of Representatives is scheduled to debate and vote on a $9.2 billion spending plan for the coming budget year.

The House Appropriations Committee approved the package Monday morning and the full House is scheduled to debate and vote on the budget package in the afternoon.

The rapid-fire action comes after the Senate passed the budget late Thursday.

Senate President Andy Biggs says he's confident it will win support from Gov. Jan Brewer. But Brewer's chief of staff said late last week she still has issues preventing her from fully embracing the budget plan.

Appropriations Committee Chairman Rep. John Kavanagh says he's encouraged by the Senate passage and governor's support for most of the package. But its support in the full Republican-controlled House isn't certain.

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