AZ GOP lawmakers hold closed-door budget meeting

PHOENIX (AP) -- Republican leaders of the Arizona House and Senate have spent long hours in the past week behind closed doors with Gov. Doug Ducey's representatives hashing out details of a budget deal that could be revealed as early as Monday.
 
House Speaker David Gowan and Senate President Andy Biggs and their appropriations chairs met every day last week as they sought to iron out differences between the chambers and the governor.
 
Many House and Senate Republicans are hoping an acceptable deal can get the needed 31 and 16 votes to make its way to Ducey by the end of the week.
 
But there's a number of majority Republicans in the House who will resist a rushed deal after feeling burned by last year's quick budget passage.
 
One of those is Chandler Rep. Jeff Weninger. He says he's holding out until he reads and understands the entire package and sees that it addresses his constituents' needs.

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