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.
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