by David Safier
Republicans were expected give preliminary approval to the $1.6 billion budget plan Thursday night and could work into the wee hours to get final approval and have the bills on Gov. Jan Brewer's desk early Friday.
- KidsCare stays intact.
- $135 million cut from universities.
- "K-12 funding would be cut by $98 million in state aid and another $21 million in soft capital funding for things like books, buses and teacher aides."
- $9 million cut from community colleges.
- $98.5 million cut from the Department of Economic Security, "most of it in lump sum reductions, but also likely including child welfare, aging services, early intervention and general assistance."
- $13 million in "disproportionate share payments" cut from hospitals serving lots of low income patients
- $37 million from the Department of Health Services, including the creation of a statewide poison control center.