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GOP leaders heeding Brewer’s veto warning

(From left) Senate President Steve Pierce, Gov. Jan Brewer and House Speaker Andy Tobin.

(From left) Senate President Steve Pierce, Gov. Jan Brewer and House Speaker Andy Tobin.

After Gov. Jan Brewer yesterday told GOP legislative leaders that she will veto any bills that land on her desk before a budget is completed, the warning is being heeded in the Senate.

“I am not sending any bills to her today,” said Senate President Steve Pierce. “She asked not to. So we’re going to try and help her out and work with her.”

But Pierce said the Senate will continue its business and vote on House bills today.

The Senate leader said they can wait “a few days” to accommodate the governor’s wishes.

Meanwhile, House Speaker Andy Tobin said he wasn’t overly concerned about the governor’s moratorium on bills, saying that very little legislation still needs final approval – and most bills still waiting on votes have a financial component and will need to be resolved in the budget, anyway.

“I’m not going to overreact,” he said.

Tobin chalked up Brewer’s actions to “part of the negotiating process” and indicated the House will refrain from sending bills to the governor for the time being.

Pierce also described the moratorium on sending bills to the governor as a “temporary thing.”

“I don’t see it as any big deal. She requested. We’re trying to work with her, and say, ‘Ok, let’s work on the budget.’ That’s what we’re doing,” Pierce said.

Both chambers have scheduled votes on bills today, but most of the bills have been amended, which means they will require one more vote before they are sent to Brewer. Six bills with no amendments were on the House and Senate calendars today, and it is unclear if lawmakers will vote on them, since doing so would send the bills to the governor.

Yesterday, in response to the governor’s veto threat, the Senate abruptly ended its work without voting on any bills. In a meeting yesterday morning with Tobin and Pierce, Brewer delivered her ultimatum on the budget.

Republican lawmakers and Brewer have been at loggerheads over a budget deal all session.

The governor called for increased spending in education and some social programs, but Republicans have said she wants to spend too much money.

- Jim Small contributed to this story.

8 comments

  1. URGENT! As you may have heard, Corrections Corporation of America sent a letter to 48 US Governors offering to buy their state’s prisons. CCA offered to manage those prisons for 20 years…if the state promises to keep them 90% full. Here is a link to an article about the letter:

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/14/private-prisons-buying-state-prisons_n_1272143.html

    CCA is one of five private, for-profit prison corporations currently bidding for a contract to build and manage 2,000 new private prison beds here in the state of Arizona. Arizona does not need and cannot afford these beds. Our state is barely digging out of the recession hole and income projections are not looking as rosy as originally thought. But our prison population is declining for the first time in decades, so the $17 million expenditure is totally unnecessary.

    The United Methodists and other faith groups have organized a call-in day to governors across the country TODAY. Here is a link with information: http://action.umc-gbcs.org/content_item/prisoncall-in.

    PLEASE CALL GOVERNOR BREWER TODAY and tell her NO MORE PRIVATE PRISONS!
    · Say no to CCA’s obscene offer to buy AZ’s prisons
    · Cancel the RFP for 2,000 beds and do not sign contracts for any more private prisons

    The in-state toll free number for Gov Brewer is: 1-800-253-0883.
    For those in Phoenix, it is 602-542-4331.
    For those of you in Tucson, you can call her Tucson office, 520.628-6580

  2. The Florida state senate vetoed the bill for GEO Corp. to “take-over” their state prisons. Arizona should veto the CCA “take-over” as well!

  3. For a minute I thought she was going to announce that Arizona was going to start sewing up pregnant women’s uterus’ for 9 months, this way there will be no way they will be getting abortions…oh, and men who masturbate will be held on Murder 1 charges for murdering future babies!!!!!!

    GO ARIZONA…the voice of the demented in America!

  4. The last time I seen a mouth like that it had a hook in it.I tell you,I get no respect.

  5. Citizen / Voter / Taxpayer

    Veto this!

    Private Prison Corporation Offers Cash In Exchange For State Prisons

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/14/private-prisons-buying-state-prisons_n_1272143.html

  6. I am an American Expatriot and Phoenix Central High graduate, having left in 1974. I didn’t know at the time that I’d be as glad as I am to have left.

    Jails form part of the Criminal Justice System. In the USA, Water, the Money Supply, Waging War, the Electoral and Legislative Process and The Penal System have all been privatized (or controlled by corporate interests), with predictable results.

    America’s middle class as become the goose that layed golden eggs but was killed for what the killer thought was inside.

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