End of House media ban means all eyes on budget

End of House media ban means all eyes on budget

PHOENIX (AP) – House Speaker David Gowan’s decision to lift a ban on journalists covering proceedings from the House floor means all eyes are again focused on stalled negotiations on a nearly $10 billion state budget package.

Lawmakers have been slow-walking budget negotiations for the past couple of weeks, despite Gov. Doug Ducey’s call for lawmakers to stop sending him legislation before a budget.

Senate President Andy Biggs said Wednesday he and Gowan are now meeting on budget issues.

The ban lifted Tuesday was a major distraction for House Republicans, some of whom are want more spending on universities, K-12 schools and local highway funds. Gov. Doug Ducey said Wednesday he’s still insisting on a structurally balanced budget but may consider some new spending.

Ducey proposed a $9.5 billion spending plan in January.

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press.

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Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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