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Author Archives: Julia Shumway and Nathan Brown Arizona Capitol Times

Sine finally die! (access required)

After 171 days and several false starts and with mere hours to spare before a government shutdown, Gov. Doug Ducey signed a budget and the Arizona Legislature finally succeeded in adjourning sine die at 4:54 p.m. Wednesday.

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No show senator, holdouts bog down budget (access required)

The House has adjourned until June 10 and the Senate plans to pass a budget alone on Thursday as Republican holdouts – including one who refused to show up to the Capitol – thwarted GOP leaders’ plans to push a massive tax cut and $12.8 billion budget through the House and Senate.

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Covid, threats make ‘People’s House’ less friendly (access required)

It’s supposed to be “the people’s house,” or at least that’s what legislators call it in their impassioned speeches. But this session, between an ongoing pandemic, security concerns that led to multiple layers of fences and a hodgepodge of committee rules, the people — and even the paid lobbyists who represent interest groups — are having a harder time than ever making their voices heard.

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