Top Republican leaders in the Arizona Legislature seem to be mainly on board with Gov. Jan Brewer's plan to give a new child welfare agency another $60 million in funding.
Senate President Andy Biggs said there's a bit of sticker shock but little disagreement that the new agency needs the money to dig out from a massive backlog of cases and set the new agency off of the right foot.
House Appropriations Committee Chairman John Kavanagh agreed and said he expects the governor's spending request to go through smoothly when lawmakers convene for a special session Tuesday.
Brewer proposed the overhaul after revelations late last year that more than 6,500 abuse and neglect reports were closed without investigation.