Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey to release budget proposal

PHOENIX (AP) - Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey is set to release his first budget proposal, putting real numbers behind the general policies he announced in his State of the State address.

The budget to be revealed Friday will lay out a roadmap for Ducey's spending priorities and reveal expected cuts he'll propose to close a looming deficit.

The Republican governor is facing an estimated $1 billion shortfall in the budget year that begins July 1 and $500 million in the current year. Much of that comes from a court order requiring the state to pay schools that didn't get required inflation adjustments during the Great Recession.

Ducey is urging the Legislature and schools to settle the case while also criticizing the courts for making the state choose between a fiscal and constitutional crisis.

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