The Arizona Legislature gave final approval early this morning to a $9.6 billion spending plan for the fiscal year that begins July 1. The package came together after legislative leaders agreed to rescind a proposal to cut public education — at least for this fiscal year. The final deal demanded by moderate Republicans ensures there will be no loss of funding for schools that are losing students, small charter schools, and district-run charter schools.
The budget also means Arizona will remain the only state without a functioning KidsCare program (Arizona’s version of the national Children's Health Insurance Program), as no authorization was given to revive the federally funded health care program that was cut during the recession. Tax cuts for businesses will continue under the new budget.