Arizona State Legislature
1700 West Washington
Phoenix, Arizona 85007
April 17, 2009
The Honorable Jan Brewer
Governor of the State of Arizona
1700 W. Washington Street
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Dear Governor Brewer:
For the last two months, we have met with your staff on a regular basis to discuss ongoing budget issues, tax reform and progress related to the federal stimulus funds. Concurrently, members of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees have continued their work toward a legislative budget proposal. We have spent considerable time with the members providing educational opportunities so that they would have the information needed to make budget decisions.
Unfortunately, there was little to present regarding the stimulus dollars available directly to the State. As those dollars have been directed to you to appropriate, the Legislature has had little influence in the process of certifying and applying for the funds. While we were able to craft scenarios, we understood quickly that our work was dependent in large measure on the decisions made by you and your staff on the allocation and planning of state stabilization funds.
Over two weeks ago, we asked your staff to provide us with your plan on the allocation of the state stabilization funds. The initial reaction of your staff was appreciation that the Leadership has extended the “invitation” to collaborate. We were told the data would be available by April 9, 2009. However, we have not received any information from your office regarding the allocation of federal funds that we can use to complete our constitutional mandate, or your request for a balanced budget. Since April 9th, we have made three additional requests. We have been told on two different occasions that the data is not available for distribution because you have not yet been briefed.
We respectfully request your assistance in this matter. We understand that the application and allocation plan may be preliminary and subject to change. However, we have reached an impasse on our budget development process. We must have some communication from your office on this matter.
Kirk Adams, Speaker of the House
Bob Burns, President of the Senate