- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 26, 2016

PHOENIX (AP) - The Latest on negotiations over the Arizona budget (all times local):

7:30 p.m.

The Arizona Senate has introduced a budget package that primes the pump for passage by the end of the week.

The action by Senate President Andy Biggs came after daylong delay. House members concerned with education funding balked because of a lack of money in the plan to help some K-12 schools.

The group of about a dozen Republican lawmakers kept House leaders from introducing the $9.58 billion spending plan for the year that begins July 1. That’s now expected Wednesday.

Gov. Doug Ducey’s spokesman says he supportive of changes sought by the House members on school funding. The concerns revolve around three issues - extra cash for smaller schools, funding to district-sponsored charter schools and keeping funding stable for schools with declining enrollment.

Biggs isn’t as open to the changes but says he’s working with members to potentially amend the budget bills to handle the House concerns.

4:20 p.m.

A budget agreement between Republican leaders of the House and Senate and Gov. Doug Ducey is facing problems in the Arizona House.

Some GOP members are balking because funding to help some K-12 schools deal with policy changes made in previous years falls short of what’s needed.

The group of about a dozen Republican lawmakers are keeping House leaders from introducing the $9.58 billion spending plan for the year that begins July 1.

The concerns revolve around three issues - extra cash for smaller schools, funding to district-sponsored charter schools and keeping funding stable for schools with declining enrollment.

Rep. T.J. Shope and other Republicans said Tuesday they won’t back a budget that shorts those priorities.

Republicans hold majorities in both chambers and can pass a budget without Democrats.

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