Prepare for legislative freak out in 3, 2, 1…

Well, she did it.  After threatening to take the reins last week, Governor Brewer has made a major play, annoucing her budget,  complete with cuts and a tax increase.

First things first, holy crap!  Did you know that the budget hole was up to almost $4 billion?  The legislators couldn’t get it done when the hole was at $3 billion, what were they going to do to get the rest of the way?

If you want to look at the Governor’s budget, you can find it right here.  I am not an expert, but as far as I can tell, it looks a lot like the latest Republican legislative budgets with borrowing and monetizing the lottery (bummer), but the major difference is that the Governor is proposing a one cent tax increase to raise a $1 billion.  Where was the legislature going to get that?  Even more cuts?

I wonder how long it will take for the legislature to freak out even more than last week?


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