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Chairman Miller: McGuire’s Amendment Brings Pinal a Vital $550,000

Senator Barbara McGuire

On May 16, the Arizona State Senate passed a version of the state budget, Senate Bill 1483.  Senator Barbara McGuire turned her attention to the lottery distribution and noted that the plan only included distributions to 10 counties with Pinal not among the list.  She quickly pushed for a floor amendment to direct lottery distributions to 13 counties in the amount of $550,000 each.

The Senate budget then stalled, but McGuire continued to argue that all 13 rural counties should benefit from lottery revenue.  During the final hours of budget negotiations, the House and Senate reached an agreement that included the lottery distribution to Arizona’s 13 rural counties.  This is the budget that Governor Jan Brewer signed yesterday.

“To say this year’s state budget talks were contentious is probably a huge understatement,” said Pinal County Board Chairman Steve Miller.  “Pinal County has suffered through the recession by tightening our own belt, even while the state was cutting our funding in a ‘double whammy.’  We appreciate the hard work of Senator McGuire to ensure that our residents get a share of the lottery revenues.  We look forward to working with our legislators again next year to restore other funding as the state’s fiscal health improves.”

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