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She didn’t need the veto pen this time

Hobbs signed the budget yesterday, she announced in a press release moments ago. The legislature quickly moved the $17.8 billion bipartisan spending plan earlier this week and – despite significant criticism from her fellow Democrats – Hobbs position on the budget was never really in doubt. Shortly after the House passed the budget package, the governor released a press release praising the plan, citing “historic funding” for education, housing, infrastructure and children’s healthcare. “Today, we showed what happens when pragmatic leaders come together and compromise to get things done for Arizonans,” Hobbs said in a statement. “While it isn’t perfect, this budget is an important step towards making housing more affordable, building more roads, bridges and broadband access, expanding children’s health insurance, and investing in our public schools. I’m glad legislative leaders were able to come together to deliver for Arizona, and I look forward to our continued partnership.”

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