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News Notes: Strategizing

Brewer told the press June 16 that the Legislature is essentially trying to “trick” her by waiting until the end of the fiscal year and trying to force her to either sign an unacceptable budget or force a government shutdown. “I learned at a very young age people sometimes like to trick you. Well, I am not going to wait until June 30 to have them … more or less trick the Governor’s Office by dropping a budget on my desk on the 30th and to have government shut down,” she said. Some observers agree that the longer this plays out, the more power the Legislature will have, but virtually everyone says it is lawmakers who will take the
brunt of the blame if government shuts down. “It will be easy for Brewer to wear the white hat in all of this. Adams and Burns will clearly be Black Bart and Black Bret.”

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