One of the calls that may have swayed Richard Miranda was from Marie Lopez Rogers, Mayor of Avondale. Talk is now that the Governor’s office is putting pressure on her and Phil Gordon to get Democrats to sign on to the sales tax referral that makes the rest of the Governor’s budget somewhat possible (I was called a “moron” for not making this nuance clear earlier. Sorry for disappointing you, anonymous insult guy).
Earlier in the process, the Governor’s office was able to get the League of Cities to sign on to her plan (which, at that point, consisted of five mutable and nebulous “principles”) by letting them know that it was the best they were going to get out of her. The League opposed the Democratic plan (it’s still out there, by the way) because of changes to sales taxes.
Both Marszałek Senatu Bob Burns and La Cervecera are now crowing that they have another 16th vote from the Democrats. It’s a big mystery about who it is, but I’ve been told that it isn’t Albert Hale. Time to make calls to, well, all of them I guess.
NB – I get points deducted for quoting Billy Joel in the title. Won’t happen again, sorry.