- Associated Press - Saturday, March 7, 2015

PHOENIX (AP) - The approved state budget allows $9.1 billion in general fund spending.

TOP SPENDING AREAS:

Department of Education: $3.9 billion (includes basic K-12 school aid of $2.4 billion)

Medicaid (Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System) $1.2 billion

Department of Corrections: $1.1 billion



Universities: $657 million (About a 14 percent reduction)

Department of Health Services: $603 million

Budget plan uses $102 million from rainy day fund, leaving $362 million

Budget plan funds $74 million in extra school inflation payments. Courts have ordered $336 million in fiscal year 2016; settlement talks are underway.

- Source: Joint Legislative budget Committee, AP reporting

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