Ariz. Senate debating cuts to House changes to budget

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

PHOENIX (AP) -- The Arizona Senate is making additional cuts to a budget plan passed by the House last week.

The House added more than $54 million in overall spending to the previous Senate plan, adding some money for child welfare programs, $33 million to allow school district sponsored charter school to run for another year and $5.5 for universities.

The Senate Appropriations Committee on Monday deleted some of the extra spending and more cuts were being proposed during Tuesday's Senate floor debate.

Senate President Andy Biggs was pushing 50 percent cuts to charter school funding and the university money.

Gov. Jan Brewer's spokesman says she's especially concerned about funding for those items and there remains doubt that the governor will sign the budget as it now stands.

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