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GOP-led Arizona Legislature OK's $1.8B income tax cut

The Arizona House has approved a $1.9 billion income tax cut package that mainly benefits the wealthy.

PHOENIX — The Arizona House has approved a $1.9 billion income tax cut package that mainly benefits the wealthy as majority Republicans began pushing through a state budget plan opposed by Democrats.

Thursday's action joined the Senate in approving the tax cuts and another proposal shielding high-earning taxpayers from the effects of a new 3.5% tax surcharge voters approved in November to boost education funding.

They had approved four of the 11 bills that make up the $12.8 billion budget plan by late afternoon on 31-29 party-line votes. Republicans limited debate on the budget.

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