Friday, June 27, 2008
The Arizona Legislature may wrap up work today after finally passing a budget last night. We'll be digging into it for details soon, but here are some reports from the Arizona Republic and the Arizona Daily Star.
As we predicted in this week's Skinny, the budget that finally passed did not have much in the way of Republican support. Guess being the majority doesn't always mean you get your way.
Can we just say that it seems completely nuts that lawmakers dicked around for months to produce a budget that they could have come up with back in April? What kind of leadership are we seeing up there? And let us add that it also seems nuts to give the rank-and-file lawmakers a matter of hours to review what they're voting on.
Looks like one key element is the use of more photo-radar on the state's highways. Sen. Ron Gould offered an amendment to name the system "JanetCam," but that didn't go anywhere.
Once lawmakers decide what to allow us to tax to keep spring training baseball alive in Pima County, Sine Die will not be far behind. From what we're hearing, the Senate will not have the votes to put a constitutional ban on gay marriage on the November ballot.