The following question was raised by an astute reader who commented on a Capitol Times story earlier today: Can the Legislature vote on a budget this Saturday, June 27, considering measures must be read in chamber three times and on different days? The ...Read More »
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Looks like it's off to work for the Capitol folks tomorrow. What do you do when the boss comes in and says you've got to work Saturday? For us, it's not a matter of the boss coming in - it was just a matter of if the Legislature is working, then so are we.Read More »
Although nearly every level of state government is facing a spending cut as the state grapples with a more than $3 billion deficit, those responsible for crafting the budget didn't think the time was right to give themselves a haircut.Read More »
The Arizona House and the Senate have introduced a set of bills that will reflect any agreement between legislative leaders and Gov. Jan Brewer for a final fiscal 2010 budget. The move is largely procedural; the “trailer bills” do not ...Read More »
Myriad Republican lawmakers attended this morning’s Arizona Supreme Court hearing in the legal challenge that pits Gov. Jan Brewer against top Republicans in the Legislature. The hearing lasted about an hour, with both sides given 30 minutes to present their ...Read More »
With a lack of cash, the party marking Arizona's birth in two-and-a-half years is expected to be a scaled back, privately financed celebration. The slumping economy and Arizona's tight budget has led to a somewhat muted centennial celebration.Read More »
Nobody likes working ’round the clock. And nobody will say publicly that it’s a good idea to pass a budget at 4 a.m. But it happens. And I get why it happens – sort of, at least. Lawmakers have put ...Read More »
During a rare Friday session, senators gave preliminary approval to about 40 bills in an effort to tackle as many measures as possible with just more than two weeks left before the end of the fiscal year. The full Senate will vote on the bills most likely on June 15.Read More »
House Speaker Kirk Adams and Senate President Bob Burns met with the governor for about an hour June 12 while the Senate was on the floor debating bills.Read More »
Tax increases. Prison privatization. Lottery securitization. Fund sweeps. Deep spending cuts. Numerous points of contention exist between Gov. Jan Brewer and the Legislature regarding the budget. But before the two sides can sort out those disagreements, they will have to determine exactly how big the fiscal 2010 deficit is.Read More »