Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Sine Die for now

Well there you have it.  After an all nighter the budget was passed and the gavel struck at 7:30 calling an end to the most dysfunctional legislative session in the history of Arizona.  I can comfortably call it that since 5 days from now, everyone will be back to do it all again.

The Governor today used her line item veto to mark out the parts of the budget she didn't like and was only willing to put up with if there was going to be an election in November for a temporary sales tax increase.  Well, that never made it to the floor to be voted on by either legislative body.  Brewer today called a special session bringing them all back with the agenda to fix the issues and pass the special sales tax.  The state in the meantime is still functioning but nothing would surprise me at this point so I wouldn't say we're out of the woods.  

Lots of stuff to read so here are the links.

1 comment:

Thane Eichenauer said...

I wonder how many calls for an 18% increase in the Arizona state sales tax the Governor can call before the legislature stops showing up (although the Democrats will show up and then not vote - some strategy that).

After all somewhere in all the weasely reasoning she put forth she did sign a budget that funds much if not all of the state government. Largely nobody really knows what state government departments won't be working today, Thursday and Friday.