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 »
Billboard foes are cheering Gov. Jan Brewer's recent veto of a bill that would have permitted electronic billboards on state and federal highways, but more fights are ahead for billboard opponents.Read More »
An ambitious economic development bill meant to be a follow-up to the 2011 Arizona Competitiveness Package will jettison some of its more contentious provisions due to the Ninth Floor’s concerns that it will cost too much money.
But lawmakers and business groups pushing the bill say they’re optimistic that an agreement will be reached with Gov. Jan Brewer to cut state taxes on capital gains — the core component of the bill — even if they’re unable to achieve the outright elimination many GOP legislators sought earlier in the session.
Saying she doesn’t want to put the state’s astronomy industry in jeopardy, Gov. Jan Brewer today vetoed a bill to legalize electronic billboards along highways.Read More »
After back-to-back legislative sessions in which Gov. Jan Brewer and GOP lawmakers appeared to put their differences behind them, work as a team and strive for a common agenda, the failed special session on unemployment benefits threatens to poison a relationship that has already seen its share of discord.Read More »
After two years of intraparty fighting, drama and chaos, 2011 must have been a welcome relief for Gov. Jan Brewer.Read More »
Before the session began, Republicans crowed about the super majorities, and boasted that it would allow them to overrule Gov. Jan Brewer, should she have the temerity to veto their bills.
But Brewer vetoed 29 bills this year, including several that had overwhelming Republican support in both chambers. And despite their supermajority advantage, the Republicans in the House and Senate never once tried to override a veto.
Not everyone has agreed with Gov. Jan Brewer’s characterization of TABOR as “an experiment that failed” in her veto of HB2707, and some advocates are bristling that Colorado is being used in that way.Read More »
After fighting for years, small-government advocates thought they had a victory as the Legislature passed HB2707, the so-called Taxpayer Bill of Rights measure that would place strict limits on how quickly government spending could increase.Read More »
Invest Arizona veto rattles supporters All signs pointed to approval, but bill’s divisiveness proved its undoing
Supporters of a bill that would have created massive property tax breaks for major business investments couldn’t have asked for more signs that Gov. Jan Brewer would stand with them.
As it turns out, they could’ve used a few more.