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06/17 - Governor’s budget decision due

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Posted: Tuesday, June 17, 2003 9:27 am | Updated: 2:24 pm, Thu Oct 6, 2011.

Gov. Janet Napolitano will announce today whether she will sign the five-bill package that makes up the $6.4 billion state budget.

Senate Minority Leader Jack Brown, R-St. Johns, and John Loredo, D-Phoenix, his House counterpart, said they expect the governor to sign all the measures.

Brown said the package, while not containing some items sought by Napolitano, is a good package. Brown said he anticipates the governor will use her power of line-item veto to strip some provisions from the measures. He said, though, these are so minor as to not have anysignificant effect on the entire deal.

The $6.4 billion budget spends about $380 million more than the state will receive in taxes.

The gap is being filled with one-time federal help and by taking money from other state funds.

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