Arizona lawmakers aim to wrap up session today
The Arizona Republic- Mary Jo Pitzl
The Legislature finished the heavy lifting on the state budget Thursday, but returns today to wrap up work on two bills in the Senate.
Even before the ink was dry on the $8.9 billion plan, protests were forming at the state Capitol over some of its cuts.
On Friday, caregivers and advocates for the poor held a news conference to plead that Gov. Jan Brewer reject cuts to a cash-assistance program that reduce the benefit to 36 months from the current 60 months. Advocates estimate 17,000 children will lose out once the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families benefit is reduced.