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.”Read More »
Talks on the budget may be on the verge of breaking down, as Gov. Jan Brewer today told Republican legislative leaders that she will not sign any more bills until the budget is done.
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.
Differing revenue forecasts pose a challenge for Republican Gov. Jan Brewer and Republican legislative leaders to resolve as they continue negotiations over spending increases proposed by Brewer.Read More »
Gov. Jan Brewer used a veto of a Tucson development district bill to send a lengthy message to legislators about her budget priorities. Brewer's letter explaining the veto Monday of the Rio Nuevo Multipurpose Facilities District says it is unwise to approve legislation with spending or tax changes before there's agreement on a new state budget.Read More »
Lawmakers will get a briefing this afternoon about the progress of budget negotiations with the governor.
This is the first concrete sign of movement on the budget front since talks over the state’s final spending plan began several weeks ago.
Arizona's tax collections in February dropped from the same month a year ago, raising questions about its impact on the state's fiscal situation.Read More »
The Senate Appropriations Committee will take up the governor’s proposal to overhaul the state’s merit system tomorrow. The proposal, which is her top priority for the legislative session, would essentially make it easier to fire state employees.Read More »
The Republican-controlled Legislature is advancing a slew of measures that ultimately aim to limit spending by state government.Read More »
The Arizona Independent Redistricting Committee will file suit against the state Friday in an attempt to force the Legislature to provide more funding for the remainder of the fiscal year.Read More »
A personnel reform plan championed by Gov. Jan Brewer sailed through the House on a party line vote, with a few tweaks to soften the blow for law enforcement officers and other state employees who will retain their civil service protections.Read More »