Monday, November 17, 2008

Governor about to take some tough scrutiny

Napolitano is between a rock and a hard place when it comes to the reauthorization of ADEQ. She went out on a limb last year with efforts to increase emission standards and taking part in the Western Climate initiative. Now, ADEQ faces sunset at the legislature and they are taking their pound of flesh for her circumventing them last year.

Also, the Governor has offered up her suggestions to fix the budget gap including selling lottery revenue and pushing off agency expenses. It is reported that the spending suspensions could save up to $300 million, however, it does not appear that Napolitano has offered up any actual cuts. She is also banking on $50 million in revenue from the speed cameras, which comes out to the issuing of at least 277,777 speeding tickets (not including the cost Arizona is paying to the operators).

Combined with the impression of some that Napolitano is preparing her departure, it is likely that the scrutiny will only increase over the next few weeks.

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