The Arizona House of Representatives has failed to reach a budget deal after hours of tenuous discussions and a called-off vote.
Republican House Speaker Andy Tobin had scheduled debate and votes Monday afternoon on the $9.2 billion spending plan for the coming budget year approved by the Senate last week.
But as the day dragged on it became clear he was having trouble getting enough votes House members spent hours waiting for him to call them into session.
When the House finally returned Monday night after a nearly six-hour delay it was in session for less than an hour before Tobin called a recess. He called a group of members who objected to the budget into his office, and at 9 p.m. the chamber recessed for the night.
The House plans to return Tuesday morning. The Senate passed President Andy Biggs' budget last week on 16-13 party-line votes.