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Brewer won’t seek session without backing for bill

Gov. Jan Brewer gives an impromptu press conference to express her displeasure with the Legislature for their inaction on the unemployment benefits extension Friday. (Photo by Evan Wyloge/Arizona Capitol Times)

Gov. Jan Brewer gives an impromptu press conference to express her displeasure with the Legislature for their inaction on the unemployment benefits extension Friday. (Photo by Evan Wyloge/Arizona Capitol Times)

Gov. Jan Brewer’s office says she won’t call the Arizona Legislature back into special session again to vote on an unemployment benefits proposal until lawmakers have a change of heart.

The two-day special session ended Monday without lawmakers voting on Brewer’s proposal to keep 20 weeks of federally funded extended unemployment benefits flowing to thousands of jobless people.

Republican legislative leaders say there wasn’t enough support for the proposal without also taking action on long-term measures such as business tax cuts and regulatory changes to spur the economy.

The governor had refused to expand the session’s scope.

Brewer spokesman Matthew Benson says there’s no reason for the governor to call legislators back into special session if there isn’t enough support for the unemployment benefits proposal.

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2 comments

  1. There are people, a lot of them, who live in the rural areas of Arizona who desperately need their unemployment payment to be extended. I can understand the lawmakers’ hesitation to extend benefits because of the unemployed people in cities like Phoenix, because there are more jobs to be had there and the means of getting to them that the rural areas do not have.

    The people in the rural areas should not have to suffer because of the unemployed in Phoenix who simply do not want to work.

  2. There are no jobs in the phoenix area that every one says there are, the government does not want the average tax payer knowing the truth, the truth be told the economy and the job market still stinks…. Yet our so called elected officials keep getting there big fat pay check and get more tax hikes, all while the poor keep getting more poor and keep paying those stupid tax hikes for the rich……

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