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To be sure, Republicans have not given up on keeping state government lean and taxes low. And some party members question how much mental health spending will be approved.

“I’m not telling you she gets the money,” former South Carolina GOP Chairman Katon Dawson said of Haley.

Ty Masterson, Republican chairman of the Kansas Senate’s Ways and Means Committee, acknowledged the same conflict: “There’s obviously tension there.”

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Beaumont reported from Des Moines, Ia. Associated Press writers Seanna Adcox in Columbia, S.C., John Hanna in Topeka, Kans., Sean Murphy in Oklahoma City, Okla., and Nick Riccardi in Denver also contributed to this report.

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