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Canceled governors’ conference cost Arizona $98,000

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (AP Photo/Matt York)

Arizona was forced to pay $98,000 after Gov. Jan Brewer canceled a 2010 conference between governors of U.S. border states and their Mexican counterparts.

The Arizona Republic says it obtained records showing the governor’s staff negotiated “cancellation damages” for the event, which was to take place at the Arizona Biltmore hotel.

The conference was cut after Mexican governors refused to attend because of the passing of Arizona’s immigration law, which the U.S. Supreme Court partially upheld Monday.

The Governor’s Office paid a management company to pay the $98,000 bill but the Biltmore only received a portion of the money.

An attorney for the hotel says the issue has been resolved.

Brewer’s office, the state Attorney General’s Office and the management company did not immediately return calls for comment.

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  1. This is the kind of disregard for the taxpayers that is constantly happening. Why do you have to have a conference at one of the most expensive hotels in the State . When they are just going to be discussing policy. They live like kings and queens but then will look their constituents right in the eye and tell them there is no money and your going to have to sacrifice for the good of the country. The most disturbing part is watching the people stand and clap for it. Like healthcare I get it that we cant afford it but then why doesn’t the elected official also say and ” since we cant afford it for the people I serve then I will give up my paid by the taxpayer healthcare” which is the best on the Planet by the way. You would think someone at a town-hall meeting would ask that question but no they all stand up and applaud. Its weird!

  2. Brewer is the worse Governor this State has ever had and I voted for the Wack job but not in the next Gov. race

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