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Legislature approves balanced budget with deep cuts to education, health care

• Capitol Media Services

State lawmakers late Friday gave final approval to what will be the first truly balanced budget in half a decade.

The party-line approval of the package of spending and policy bills came over the often heated objections of Democrats. Senate Minority Leader David Schapira, D-Tempe, argued the budget will ``decimate'' public education, make universities unaffordable and leave many needy Arizonans without health care.


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