by David Safier
Some portions of the package may not provide a net increase to Arizona if they prevent lawmakers from making cuts.
For example, to get education funding for poor schools, worth an estimated $257 million to Arizona, states may be required to add on to existing services, rather than simply plug holes left by state budget cuts.
Legislative leaders are contemplating $890 million in cuts to K-12 this year and next, including lump-sum reductions of roughly $240 million.
Budget analysts say state lawmakers will be able to reject some portions of the package and accept others.