Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey releases tight spending plan

PHOENIX (AP) -- Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey is proposing a modest state budget increase in the coming year, adding spending above what's required to K-12 schools, boosting cash for the Department of Child Safety and adding $31 million for his new border strike force.

The bottom-line budget under the proposal released Friday increases about $300 million, from $9.2 billion this budget year to $9. 5 billion in the year beginning July 1.

The Republican governor also wants the Legislature to approve $105 million in additional spending in the current year, with more money for school buildings, child safety, health services and a small amount for universities and prisons.

The budget doesn't outline Ducey's promised tax cut and acts as a starting spot for negotiations with lawmakers.


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