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Arizona lawmakers pass tax breaks as session ends

Arizona lawmakers completed their 2017 session Wednesday night by approving last-minute tax breaks for corporations and corporate jet buyers and only partially restoring welfare benefits to thousands of recipients who had lost them under a 2015 law pushed by Republican Gov. Doug Ducey.

The tax breaks came despite criticism from minority Democrats who said there's no evidence similar cuts have boosted the economy and complained Republicans granted teachers just a small pay boost when they enacted a $9.8 billion budget last week.

The Legislature approved a new $10 million "angel investor" tax credit program for capital infusions into small businesses and approved...