In her ruling, Judge Eileen Willett did not address the various arguments that such a declaration is an improper action by the government into religion. Instead, the judge concluded that the challengers have not shown -- quote -- a direct injury -- which would entitle them to sue. But attorney Richard Morris said the judge ignored the fact that the plaintiffs include not just those who do not believe, but those of various religions who do not want to be urged by the governor to pray.
A new law signed this week by Gov. Jan Brewer could give an estimated 100,000 children in public schools a check from the state to go to a private or parochial school instead.
Under that law, any student whose school is rated a D or worse on overall academic performance qualifies for a voucher, good for about $4,000 a year. That covers 183 of 15-hundred schools that have been graded. Gubernatorial press aide Matthew Benson said that's not enough to pay tuition at many private schools -- and some families will not be able to take advantage of the program.
Governor Jan Brewer penned her approval Monday to a nearly 8-point-6 billion dollar spending plan for the coming year, although it wasn't quite what she wanted.
Brewer pronounced herself very pleased with the plan.
"You know," she said, "we've got a carry forward. We've got a balanced budget. We put money into the rainy day fund. I got more dollars for education, protected the chronically mentally ill with the Arnold v. Sarn. DPS which was another priority of mine. You know, I'm just really happy with what we were able to complete and give to the public."