House To Debate State Budget Again Tuesday

March 25, 2014

The Arizona House will try again Tuesday to pass a state budget.

Speaker Andy Tobin shut down debate Monday night when it became obvious he did not have the 31 votes needed for passage.

One big issue is child welfare. Gov. Jan Brewer has asked for $21.5 million for new caseworkers and staff, money that is not in the plan the House was considering last night. Another issue, according to Republican Heather Carter, is the lack of funding for emergency dental care for Medicaid recipients.

“It's $2.1 million,” Carter said. “It is money well spent because people present at the emergency room with emergency dental situations, and it actually costs the state more than if we would just restore the services.”

Tobin met Monday night with Carter and other Republican holdouts in an effort to find the 31 votes he needs out of the 36-member GOP caucus.