Phoenix, AZ – The fight within the Republican party over how to craft a new state budget has had some political fallout.
Senate President Bob Burns said he has been trying craft a budget plan acceptable to his caucus as well as Gov. Jan Brewer. But Burns said some members of his leadership team have not been pushing in the same direction. So on Wednesday he ousted Sen. Thayer Verschoor from his position as president pro-tem.
Phoenix, AZ – Governor Jan Brewer said this afternoon she's hoping a special session finally produces a balanced budget she can sign. But the same sticking point remains.
That sticking point remains her insistence that voters be given a chance to hike the state sales tax by a penny. When she didn't get that earlier this week, she vetoed key parts of the budget -- and ordered lawmakers back to the Capitol.
Phoenix, AZ – State lawmakers gave final approval early this morning to a new budget. But it isn't the one the governor wants.
The spending plan is similar to one the Republican-controlled Legislature enacted early last month, one that Gov. Jan Brewer said cut spending too much. This one restores some funding for health and social service programs like Kids Care which provides subsidized health coverage for the children of working poor.