DALLAS — Two years after Arizona mortgaged state buildings to cover operating costs, the Legislature opened Monday with hopes of paying down that debt.

Gov. Jan Brewer, who addressed the opening session Monday in her annual state of the state speech, noted that lawmakers are working with a surplus estimated at $1.3 billion to $1.5 billion. The 2012 session is the first since 2008 in which the state has not faced a deficit.

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