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  • Governor’s ‘emergency’ meeting too little, too late

    People who watched television news this weekend might be confused into thinking that Monday’s “emergency” meeting of Governor’s Office policy advisers is significant – as if some sort of budget solution will emerge now that the governor has gotten serious.

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  • What about those five-way talks?

    It looks like Republican lawmakers are putting a lot of pressure on a few Senate Democrats in hopes that at least one of them can be lured into voting for the budget package. Likely suspects include Sens. Albert Hale, Manny Alvarez and Richard Miranda. But …

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  • Three holdouts not budging on budget

    Don’t expect the budget to gain much traction this week – at least not the version passed by the House that includes a mix of income tax cuts, a 5 percent reduction in the state work force and a ballot referral for a sales tax increase. …

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  • Random comments on budget

    It’s likely a lot of people will want to weigh in on the budget proposal the House voted through last night. So, I’ll post ‘em as I get ‘em. Already received a few statements in my e-mail inbox this morning. And lawmakers had a few things …

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  • Gorman stays; turnout in House questionable

    It now appears as though the Senate is going to push one more time for a budget. And at least one key member who was planning a vacation has indicated she will stick around for one more day. Sen. Pamela Gorman said last night she would …

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  • Dems back in?

    The Senate has adjourned, which can’t be a good sign for those who were fond of the most recent budget proposal. It sounds like there will be lawmakers missing on Thursday and Friday – lawmakers who were expected to vote yes on the budget legislation – …

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  • Is a budget deal close, or is it just smoke?

    It sounds as though we might finally see some action on the budget. But, then again, that might just be what they want us to think. If I sound paranoid, it’s only because I’m delirious after seven months of budget yammering. Anyway, my point is …

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  • Unity among lawmakers sends strong message to Brewer

    It was, without question, a strange set of circumstances that led to the unanimous approval of four budget bills on July 6. Four months of infighting among Republicans. A legal challenge of the original GOP-authored state budget. Sweeping vetoes by a Republican governor. A last-minute …

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  • Budget runs into problems in Senate Approps

    The Senate Appropriations Committee has recessed twice after starting today’s budget hearings hours later than they had planned. The first recess was called after the committee voted down the first of 9 budget bills on the agenda. S1470 was rejected after a 4-4 vote. Sens. Pamela Gorman, …

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  • The big rush, and diminished transparency

    Nobody likes working ’round the clock. And nobody will say publicly that it’s a good idea to pass a budget at 4 a.m. But it happens. And I get why it happens – sort of, at least. Lawmakers have put in a lot of hours …

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