Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Less Than Stimulating

Posted By on Wed, Mar 4, 2009 at 9:50 AM

I mentioned last week on Arizona Illustrated's Roundtable that tensions were growing between Gov. Jan Brewer and Republicans in the Legislature. Daniel Scarpinato fleshes out the details in a piece in the morning daily.

Brewer is set to give an address on her budget vision this evening (at the same time that Arizona Education Association will be joined by labor unions and college students for a march on the Capitol to protest budget cuts--so at least she'll have a crowd, albeit not a friendly one.)

On Monday, Republicans announced that they had their own economic recovery plan, although they evidently didn't clear it with the entire caucus.

The GOP plan consists of four planks:

• Reduce regulatory burden

• Assure a stable tax structure

• Prevent arbitrary fees to employers

• Remove government from direct competition with private employers

So far, this is it for the "plan"--a list of soundbites that could have been cooked up by Joe the Plumber. No specifics on the tax structure, no list of regulations to be eliminated, no idea of what the arbitrary fees now are. The closest thing to a specific policy is a mention of Senate Bill 1466, which creates a commission to study what areas of government could be turned over to private enterprise.

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