The budget approved by the Legislature and Gov. Jan Brewer takes $50 million of the $98 million settlement paid to the state by mortgage lenders and puts the money into Arizona’s main operating account. The settlement also provides aid directly to homeowners.
The lawsuit filed Thursday in Maricopa County Superior Court says the transfer violates terms of the settlement. Other allegations relate to constitutional provisions on legislation and branches of government.
Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne has said the transfer is poor public policy but that he’ll defend the decision made by the state’s policymakers.