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Senate meets today, budget vote iffy (access required)

The Senate will meet today (Aug. 4), but it’s unclear how many senators will show up. Gov. Jan Brewer has been working the phones in the past few days to lobby lawmakers for their vote on an agreement that she and Republican legislative leaders reached last month.

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Manos retires from Brewer administration

Gov. Jan Brewer is going to have to finish the arduous budget process without her top finance advisor. Tom Manos, Brewer’s deputy chief of staff for finance, retired from the governor’s administration July 31, according to the Governor’s Office. Eileen ...

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Three holdouts not budging on budget (access required)

Don’t expect the budget to gain much traction this week – at least not the version passed by the House that includes a mix of income tax cuts, a 5 percent reduction in the state work force and a ballot referral ...

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Revenue slides again; deficit grows by $230M (access required)

Nearly one-fifth of the state’s general fund revenues eroded in the 2009 fiscal year, the largest decline on record since World War II. New revenue figures show the state was short nearly $479 million in fiscal 2009, which ended June 30.

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House minority leader gives Legislature an ‘F’ (access required)

In January, House Minority Leader David Lujan said it would be up to the leaders of the Republican majority caucus to determine what role Democrats would play in the legislative session. They ended up being sidelined and were never included in the process by Republican leaders or GOP Gov. Jan Brewer.

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No budget this week; session will drag into Aug. (access required)

The Senate met for a few minutes today (July 31), but only to adjourn the special session until Aug. 4. Even then, though, it’s not clear whether leaders in the Senate will be able to gather enough votes to pass the budget legislation that has tied them up for the past several days.

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Brewer reflects on tumultuous first session as guv

From the moment she took office in January, Jan Brewer has faced the greatest budget crisis in state history. And from the moment she proposed her solution – a temporary tax increase – she has faced unyielding resistance from many of her fellow Republicans in the Legislature. Here's what Brewer had to say about it:

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Random comments on budget (access required)

It’s likely a lot of people will want to weigh in on the budget proposal the House voted through last night. So, I’ll post ‘em as I get ‘em. Already received a few statements in my e-mail inbox this morning. And ...

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