Here we go again?…Remember the Battle of the Budget? That struggle back in 2009 when Gov. Jan Brewer, so incensed that lawmakers would not send her the state budget, that she went to court?
The upshot of that legal battle before the Arizona Supreme Court was that, in the future, the Legislature must send bills to the governor promptly and “without further delay.”
Well, the future is here, and things look a mite different than they did five years ago. The Legislature completed work on two budget bills, Senate Bills 1487 and 1488, on April 1 (no joking.) But there they sit, getting older by the minute, on the second floor of the Senate with no order to transmit to Brewer.
Of course, there is that ultimatum the governor laid down last week about not sending her any legislation until she got a budget she could sign. Unlike 2009, she’s not agitating to get the two bills. But the court says they should be on her desk. So who, if anyone, will sue this time?
Holy tax loophole….You can’t say Sen. Judy Burges doesn’t read her e-mail. The Sun City West Republican took umbrage with an e-mail urging her to vote “no” on a bill that would give a tax break to church-affiliated properties.
“The Legislature has no place picking winners and losers in religion,” wrote Abby Buchanan, criticizing House Bill 2281.
Which drew this Burges response, according to emails obtained by Insider: “Why do you hate God and His house?”
Buchanan wrote back that she was offended by the question because it missed her point that government should not give favor to religion.
For her part, the senator said an out-of-state resident shouldn’t be picking a fight in Arizona.
“Please let me tell you how absolutely offended I am that someone who professes to live in Maryland wrote to me telling me how we should conduct business in the State of Arizona.,” Burges responded.
Bracketology, guvmint style … As we bask in Final Four weekend, the liberal and conservative political versions of March Madness are down to the wire.
Sadly (or lucky for him), our own John Huppenthal, Arizona superintendent of public instruction, failed to make the cut in Progress Now’s March Badness playoff. Hupp was eliminated by the No. 1 seed, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett.
Here’s the take of Progress Arizona’s Robbie Sherwood on Huppenthal’s flameout: “He was the Mercer of this year’s tournament. Big Cinderella upset in the first round, but ran into a buzz saw.” The championship pairing is between Corbett and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. Make your picks at http://bracket.pnstate.org/
Over on the right, U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake has been running #8ofWaste on Twitter. His playoff is down to the Department of State, which signed a five-year, $5million contract for crystal stemware, and the O’Care Hawkers, a taxpayer funded contract with the Baltimore Ravens in which the NFL team would promote Obamacare. Cast your vote via Twitter using #8ofWaste.
Quote of the week: “You ought to act more gay.” – Sen. Olivia Cajero Bedford, D-Tucson, to Sen. Steve Gallardo, D-Phoenix in what she said was meant to be a humorous remark.