House Speaker Kirk Adams said Governor Brewer “absolutely” broke the budget deal she had agreed to by vetoing the trailer bills. He said the deal was that he and Senate President Bob Burns would do everything possible to round up the 31 and 16 needed for the tax referral, but that she was responsible for filling in the gaps if the votes couldn’t all be wrangled by leadership. “They were unable to execute that,” Adams said. Asked if the Governor’s Office could counter by saying he and Burns broke the agreement by failing to send up a budget package with a tax referral – a condition she has repeatedly said must be met to avoid a veto – the speaker said: “It’s one thing to make an agreement and reneg.
It’s another to make an agreement and not be able to get the support for it. That is not breaking an agreement. Breaking an agreement is negotiating a package of trailer bills and then vetoing them.”
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