Democratic lawmakers today castigated the Republican-led Legislature and Gov. Jan Brewer for what the minority party characterized as a disastrous budget plan and an abandonment of government programs Arizonans care about.Read More »
Opponents of Proposition 100, who warned that the 1-cent sales tax increase wouldn’t truly be temporary, are watching their predictions come true.Read More »
Arizona lawmakers are considering legislation to ensure the state is spending the same amount of money per student at each of its three public universities.Read More »
The Governor’s Office and legislative leaders have reopened lines of communications involving the state budget, signaling a thaw over how to craft the state’s spending plan in the next few years. Gov. Jan Brewer, Senate President Steve Pierce and House Speaker Andy Tobin met Thursday. After the meeting, Pierce said staffers from both sides could start working together as soon as this weekend.Read More »
Republican governor and GOP Legislature are digging in for long budget fightIt may have been the opening shot to an all-out war.
While Arizonans were celebrating President’s Day on Feb. 20, legislative leaders unveiled a budget that ditched her major spending initiatives.
The Governor’s Office responded in kind, describing the legislative budget as “shortsighted” and “reckless.” Read More »
In less than 24 hours, the House and Senate had introduced, discussed, and voted on their budget proposals – a move that has led some lawmakers to grouse about the lack of time to consider the important policy implications.Read More »
Gov. Jan Brewer threw a counterpunch at GOP lawmakers following the Monday release of their budget plan, ordering a halt to meetings between the two sides’ budget staffs until the legislative budget plan is changed to address some of her key concerns.Read More »
Despite a clear sign that the governor is unhappy with their budget plan, Republican lawmakers swiftly approved the proposal during simultaneous committee hearings in the House and Senate this morning.Read More »
Legislative leaders are pushing ahead with their budget proposal after efforts to get the governor involved have failed.
But in going ahead, lawmakers risk alienating Gov. Jan Brewer, who has a competing budget plan.
The move could also spur the sides to begin meeting on the state’s spending plan.
With state finances on the sunny side, cities and towns hope to convince lawmakers to relieve some of the budget pressures on local governments.
And it appears legislators are listening.