This from Jennifer Loredo’s legislative update done on behalf of the Arizona Education Association:
Budget Update- Monday at 11:45
The Senate Appropriations Committee started at 11:15 (it was set to begin at 9:30). The committee heard the first bill (the general appropriations bill/aka the “money bill”). The only members in the committee were the seven Republicans and one Democrat (Paula Aboud). When the general appropriations bill was called for a vote, it failed on a 4-4 vote (no votes: [Ron] Gould, [Jack] Harper, Steve Pierce and Aboud). This caused committee chairman Russell Pearce to gavel the committee into recess. The committee waited no longer than five minutes before being called back into session for purpose of reconsidering the bill. At that point it was evident that some of the Republican senators were still not going to support the bills, so Senator Pearce had to again gavel the committee into recess.
The House Appropriations Committee was supposed to begin at 11AM to hear and vote on the sales tax referral and flat tax bills. This committee has not been called to order.
Speculation around the capitol at this point is that this deal is dead in the water. Senate President [Bob] Burns will send up the budget passed on June 4, and the Governor will be forced to sign those bills, allow them to become law without her signature, or she could veto them. If she vetoes them, the government goes into shut down mode.
Stay tuned…today will be very telling.