Here’s the new spin on the dissatisfaction with the state’s budget: it is all the fault of the Democrats.
This is being sold by folks like Tim Bee and John Munger. Here’s how this works: if Democratic leaders were just willing to make a deal with the Republican leaders instead of being so obstructionist, folks like Bob Burns and Kirk Adams would not have to count on the right-wing of their party to pass a budget. Yep…it is all the fault of Democrats.
I called House Assistant Democratic Leader Kyrsten Sinema and asked her what she thought of this postulation. She used a two syllable term that is a profane description for the waste of a male bovine. Sinema reported several occasions where she and other Democratic leaders had approached the Republican leadership suggesting putting together a budget that would appeal to moderates of both parties, and she was rebuffed.
You don’t even need anecdotes about what goes on in the back rooms to find this spin dubious. Take a look at their public actions of the leadership of both houses. For example, you don’t put Russell Pearce and Al Melvin in charge of the appropriations process over on the Senate side when you want bipartisanship and concilliation. If Adams and Burns would rather not have their party’s right flank drive the budget process, why the heck did they give them the keys to the car, plus twenty bucks for gas?