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House, Senate stuck on budget, must confer

PHOENIX -- The Arizona House and Senate don't like each other's budget plans and a rare conference committee could be called to work out a compromise.

On the sidelines but apparently cheering on the House version is Gov. Jan Brewer.

The Senate passed a version two weeks ago that set state spending for the coming budget year at $9.18 billion and included a retroactive ban on school district charter school conversions. It also shorted Brewer's planned child welfare overhaul plan.

The House made changes last week that boosted spending by about $54 million. It extended charter funding for another year, added money for universities and child welfare and included a promise to do more when a Child Protective Services overhaul plan is released in the coming weeks.

The Senate stripped out most of those changes Tuesday, the House refused to go along and Brewer's staff said a veto of the Senate plan was in the cards.

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