Thursday, March 05, 2015

AZ Budget time: Whoo! Whoooo! The AZ lege has this railroad running with a full head of steam...

...and aimed straight at Arizona's education system...

The package of budget bills has been posted on the lege's website, they are undergoing committee consideration in the chambers' respective Appropriations committees (where they will most likely be approved with party-line votes), and they are scheduled for Rules Committee rubber stamping tomorrow (Senate/House).

Setting them up for floor action on Friday, three days after the budget was revealed to the public.  The rush seems to be an attempt to get the budget passed before the public can organize against it.

The only brake on this railroad, possibly, is the rumor that there is a group of Rs in the Senate who aren't on board the train.  From the Twitter feed of Brahm Resnik, political reporter for Phoenix channel 12 -

Having said that, expectations are that the "stealth" budget will be a "done" budget by Saturday.

The budget bills (only linking to the House version, in the interest of time):

General Appropriations - HB2671/SB1469
Capital Outlay - HB2672/SB1470
Revenue Budget Reconciliation Bill (BRB) - HB2673/SB1471
Budget Procedures - HB2674/SB1472
Government BRB - HB2675/SB1473
Environment BRB - HB2676/SB1474
Health BRB - HB2677/SB1475
K-12 Education BRB - HB2683/SB1476
Higher Education BRB - HB2679/SB1477
Criminal Justice BRB - HB2680/SB1478
Human Services BRB - HB2681/SB1479
Agency Consolidation BRB - HB2682/SB1480

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