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Apr 12, 2013 10:40 PM by Associated Press

AZ Senate president denies budget delayed

PHOENIX (AP) - Arizona Senate President Andy Biggs says the state budget has not been delayed.

Negotiations to fund the state for the fiscal year starting in July have been stalled because Biggs opposes the Medicaid expansion proposal backed by Gov. Jan Brewer.

The expansion represents a significant chuck of Brewer's proposed budget.

During the past two years, the Legislature passed the state budget by May 1.

Biggs says people expecting another early budget are spoiled.

Biggs says lawmakers are working hard to finish the budget.

He and Brewer are meeting regularly to discuss Medicaid, but Biggs won't support the plan. House Speaker Andy Tobin has said GOP lawmakers won't vote for it.

Brewer wants to extend health insurance to 300,000 more poor Arizonans. It's part of President Barack Obama's heath care law.

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