Tuesday, June 30, 2009

It all comes down to today

Well, today is the day. Even if the budget doesn't pass and they either shut down the Government or pass a few bills in the meantime to keep things afloat, today will determine who is still an elected representative come next November. If the state shuts down, I will take any bets that Republicans will lose seats in both chambers next year. The survey data is too clear for it not to happen. Will Brewer be able to escape a lot of the blame? How much attention nationally does Arizona get, and does that turn into big Democrat donations next cycle?

We may all look back to today as the day that changed the political landscape in Arizona.

UPDATE: The Senate Rules Committee just killed on a 1-5 vote the sales tax portion of the budget. It looks like midnight is probably going to pass without a budget.

1 comment:

Thane Eichenauer said...

I spent about three hours today observing the Arizona Senate from the gallery (first time). The public school teacher lobby was out with about 200 people.

It is surprising to read the poll that only 30% of supposed likely Arizona voters feel they are Already Taxed to the Max.

I'm looking forward to reading (tomorrow) about the aftermath of what happens tonight. All I can say is that I won't be relying on polls or the Arizona Republic to decide who to blame.

This budget showdown will separate the taxes are OK legislators from those who Just say No to more taxes.