In a letter to lawmakers, Napolitano said the state had a "precious opportunity to pay off some of the fiscal bridges, to invest in education, to care for Arizona's children and to make larger deposits to state government's Budget Stabilization Fund."
House Majority Leader Steve Tully, R-Phoenix, said the budget proposal couldn't be described as "fiscally prudent."
Tully added: "But we'll work through it, and by the end of the day, it's only a proposal, and I'm certain she understood when she did it that it wasn't going to get passed as she suggested, so why not shoot for the moon?"
Tully said Napolitano's tax-cut proposals had little chance with the GOP caucus, which was looking to trim income and property taxes.
Assistant Minority Leader Linda Lopez, a Tucson Democrat, expressed her skepticism with Napolitano's proposed sales-tax holiday.
"I have to think--knowing the folks in my school district, who are for the most part very low-income people--that having three days when they can buy these kinds of things may not be beneficial to them. They may not have the money then."
Elsewhere at the Capitol, state lawmakers moved closer to a showdown with U.S. District Court Judge Raner Collins earlier this week after Napolitano vetoed legislation designed to satisfy a court order that the state better educate English-language learners. In a ruling last month, Collins said the state would face fines of a half-million dollars a day if a plan wasn't passed by this week.
The GOP proposal would have spent an additional $14 million this year educating English-language learners and included provisions creating a new corporate tuition-tax-credit program, which remains a point of contention between the governor and the GOP. Hey, why not toss in a ban on abortion while you're at it, gang?
"We better understand the vulnerabilities that our economy and our very lives have ... when we're dependent on Iranian mullahs and wackos in Venezuela," McCain said.
Venezuelan Vice President José Vicente Rangel told The Associated Press that McCain "can go to hell."
The Rodgers-less Cats rebounded last week with a 90-81 overtime win against the mighty Stanford Cardinal and a non-offensive 60-55 victory over Cal.
Pullen's rebellion collapsed, and the RNC instead ended up supporting some sort of guest-worker plan.
Congressman Jim Kolbe, who is really tangling with the border-wall crowd these days, hit our e-mail box afterwards with a statement praising "the Republican Party and President Bush for renewing their commitments to a comprehensive border security plan. The bill passed in the House last year falls far short of acceptable. It pretends we would be doing something to secure our border when, in fact, we would not ... . I look forward to working on a real immigration plan that is more than political posturing."