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Mar 26, 2014 1:47 AM by Associated Press

Arizona House again fails to reach budget deal

PHOENIX (AP) - An effort by the Arizona House of Representatives to reach a budget deal has fallen short for the second day in a row.

Closed-door negotiations on changes to the $9.2 billion state budget passed by the Senate last week ended without a deal Tuesday evening. A handful of Republicans in the House were negotiating with Republican Speaker Andy Tobin to try to get their concerns addressed.

Tobin also put off a vote Monday after it became clear the opponents could block passage.

The members who blocked the vote were most concerned about funding for a new child welfare agency and a provision retroactively stopping school districts from converting schools to charters.

Tobin said during a mid-day break that both sides were talking but didn't set a timetable for a deal.

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