Friday key day for Arizona state budget amid opposition

By Bob Christie
Associated Press

PHOENIX (AP) - A state budget plan negotiated between Republican legislative leaders and Gov. Doug Ducey faces a key test amid opposition from a number of lawmakers who could block the plan.

A handful of Republican lawmakers are unhappy with the deal because of its large cuts to universities, counties and medical providers, among other issues.

The House has scheduled debate on the plan Friday and the Senate also plans debate. But with minority Democrats firmly opposed and the solidifying Republican opposition, the plan could stall.

There appear to be enough GOP opponents to block the deal, although that could change.

Hundreds of parents, teachers and students protested education cuts at the Capitol Thursday evening as Senate and House appropriations committees heard testimony on the budget. The plan advanced along party lines.

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