...and it turns out that there may be a couple of Democratic hands getting dirty right along with the Republican caucus'...
As expected, the Senate adjourned after the two tax bills passed committee (one bill kills the state equalization property tax and cuts corporate income tax rates; the other bill refers a sales tax increase to the ballot, a sales tax that disproportionately impacts working and middle class families).
The bills are expected to reach the Senate floor tomorrow.
A number of sources, including Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (via her Facebook page) and Tedski at Rum, Romanism, Rebellion, are reporting that Senate President Burns is attempting to peel off a couple of Democratic votes by with all sorts of blandishments.
The names that are circulating are Sens. Richard Miranda and Albert Hale.
I wish I could say that I think that the info is wrong, but I heard similar rumors in the back halls of the Senate building today, with the same names attached to them.
Rep. Sinema, Tedski, and now I, am recommending that every one who reads this and cares about the future of Arizona to contact them, and their own Senators, and to urge them to stand firm against the Reps' profoundly irresponsible budget.
Hale's and Miranda's contact info:
The contact info for the other Senators is here.
No guarantees here, but I'll try to be at the lege tomorrow, other committments permitting...