Speaker Andy Tobin says the Arizona House of Representatives will introduce a mirror copy of the budget introduced this week in the Senate as negotiations with Gov. Jan Brewer begin.
Tobin said Tuesday he met with Brewer and she sees the $9.2 billion budget proposal as a good first step. Brewer's spokesman says the proposal is far from what she will accept.
Tobin says the House bills should be introduced this week and he hopes the House Appropriations Committee takes up the budget early next week.
Meanwhile, the Senate Appropriations Committee was considering Senate President Andy Biggs' budget plan Tuesday afternoon. Biggs said he hopes the Senate can vote on the proposal by week's end.
The Senate proposal contemplates spending more than $150 million less than Brewer is proposing.