By Craig McDermott, cross-posted from Random Musings
With no notice, the Rs running the Arizona lege have scheduled the state's budget for committee hearings Tuesday morning at 8 a.m.
Senate Appropriations agenda is here. House Appropriations agenda is here.
Between this and last week's ejection of a 12 News reporter from the House floor by a Republican functionary who cited an unannounced security policy, it's obvious that the Rs haven't learned the lesson from the recall election loss of former senate president Russell Pearce -
High-handed and arrogant behavior by elected officials is the surest way to tick off the voters...
Updates as I read the bills...
I'm going to link to the Senate bills, but there are matching House bills that will go before House Appropriations.
SB1523 - General Appropriations
SB1524 - Capital Outlay
SB1525 - State Budget Procedures
SB1526 - Revenue; Budget Reconciliation
SB1527 - Government; Budget Reconciliation
SB1528 - Health; Welfare; Budget Reconciliation
SB1529 - K-12 Education; Budget Reconciliation
SB1530 - Higher Education; Budget Reconciliation
SB1531 - Criminal Justice; Budget Reconciliation (this whole budget is ugly, but never let it be said that the Rs can't be petty and vindictive at the same time - this one elminates the State Capital Postconviction Public Defender Office. Guess we'll need to change the state motto from "The Grand Canyon State" to "We Kill 'Em Quick")
SB1532 - Environment; Budget Reconciliation
My apologies for not providing a quick analysis of the bills. These came out so late that I didn't have time. Which may have been the point - do the budget on almost no notice so that no one could really understand what was in it before it's too late to do or even say anything about it.