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GOP lawmakers turn to Dems; joint proposal in works

After budget negotiations with Republican Gov. Jan Brewer disintegrated last week when she vetoed a series of budget bills and line-item-vetoed other approved spending, Republican legislative leaders are inviting their Democratic colleagues to the table in the hopes of hammering out a deal.

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Not the endorsements she was looking for

If Gov. Jan Brewer is looking for support for a 2010 run, Rep. Nancy Barto might not be the best person to turn to for support. At a legislative wrap-up breakfast today sponsored by the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, emcee Chip Scutari asked a panel of Barto, Rep. Chad Campbell and Rep. John Kavanagh whom they thought would be governor in January 2011.

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Kavanagh says TABOR might replace flat tax (access required)

House Appropriations Chairman Rep. John Kavanagh said some legislators have started to tout a taxpayer bill of rights, or TABOR, as an alternative to a flat income tax rate in the 2010 budget. Speaking at legislative wrap-up breakfast hosted by ...

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The $1 billion disagreement (access required)

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.

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Capitol Quotes 5/22

“I think we can do at least three, maybe five. I mean, we’re not going to privatize death row, obviously.” — Rep. John Kavanagh, a Republican from Fountain Hills, speaking about the possibility of privatizing prisons. The comment was made ...

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Guns in cars bill clears House (access required)

Just two days before the National Rifle Association's annual convention in Phoenix, the state House of Representatives gave its approval to a measure that would allow gun owners to keep weapons in their cars, even if it is against a private property owner's wishes.

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