Tuesday, August 04, 2009
Brewer/GOP unfair bad AZ budget looks dead today
UPDATE: Follow RepPatterson on twitter. More Republican chaos in the legislature as Senate Majority Whip Pam Gorman (R-Anthem) just resigned her leadership position (read also EJ Montini on this). Senate GOP leader Chuck Gray (R-Mesa) has left the state on an ocean cruise vacation.
PHOENIX -- Right now it looks likely accidental Gov. Jan Brewer's (R-Glendale) one-sided Republican-only bad budget deal will not pass the Arizona Senate today. Neither 'bad plan Jan' nor Senate President Bob Burns (R-Peoria) seem able to bully enough votes for this clunker GOP deal.
The Brewer/Burns/Adams proposed Arizona GOP tax increase budget is not even balanced, and would harm our state's economy, schools and quality of life for many years.
I and other Arizona Democratic lawmakers, who represent millions of people statewide, remain ready and willing as we have all year to help craft a fair and reasonable smart budget people will support, but Brewer and GOP leadership in the legislature have been ultra-partisan in refusing to work with us.
The people of Arizona deserve better than the failed GOP (non)leadership from Brewer and legislative Republicans.