/ Modified may 7, 2012 7:24 p.m.

Brewer Signs $8.5B State Budget

Not all she wanted, but what she could get from Legislature

By The Associated Press

Arizona has a new state budget.

Gov. Jan Brewer on Monday signed into law budget legislation approved by the Legislature following negotiations between her and Republican legislative leaders.

The budget's spending totals just under $8.6 billion for the fiscal year starting July 1. That's about $50 million more than in the current fiscal year.

Key elements include socking away $450 million into the state's rainy day fund. Legislators wanted that to prepare for future budget trouble.

New or restored spending in the budget includes $39 million for services for the seriously mentally ill and $50 million over two years to add 500 maximum-security prison beds.

There's also $80 million over four years to replace the state's aging accounting computer system and $40 million for elementary school reading instruction.

By posting comments, you agree to our
AZPM encourages comments, but comments that contain profanity, unrelated information, threats, libel, defamatory statements, obscenities, pornography or that violate the law are not allowed. Comments that promote commercial products or services are not allowed. Comments in violation of this policy will be removed. Continued posting of comments that violate this policy will result in the commenter being banned from the site.

By submitting your comments, you hereby give AZPM the right to post your comments and potentially use them in any other form of media operated by this institution.
Arizona Public Media broadcast stations are licensed to the Arizona Board of Regents. Arizona Public Media and AZPM are registered trademarks of the Arizona Board of Regents.
The University of Arizona