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Saturday, June 27, 2009

O Arizona: Legislature, Get Your Shit Together

Key Arizona lawmakers are drafting emergency legislation that could be used to keep state government going temporarily even if a new budget isn't approved in time -- but not for all of state government nor for very long.

Gov. Jan Brewer and Republican legislative leaders have a proposed a budget compromise, but the next fiscal year begins Wednesday and the full Legislature has yet to approve a new budget.

Senate Appropriations Chairman Russell Pearce said he and his House counterpart are working on temporary spending legislation that likely would cover most of state government initially, possibly for a week.

But Pearce said the spending authority would then "ratchet down" to cover only selected critical services, such as the Department of Corrections.

link: Lawmakers Draft Stopgap Plan - Money News Story - KPHO Phoenix

[**Blogmeister Note: Dept. of Corrections?! Does that top our list of "critical services"? Yeah, probably.**]


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