By insisting on a sales tax, our Republican governor has put herself into an untenable position. Republicans in the legislature refuse to include it in their budget, and ironically Democrats won’t support it either, noting that it will cost familes an extra $438/yr, more than the governor admits. Now columnist Robert Robb has come out with a column observing that Brewer’s line-item vetos are “irresponsible” and would actually ADD to the budget – not the purpose of the line-item veto.
What Brewer did instead is fiscally insane…Brewer’s vetoes added hundreds of millions, and perhaps billions, in spending to the underlying budget…So, she hugely added spending while eliminating the means of paying for it. She kept the doors of state government open, but at an utterly unsustainable spending pace…And then she vetoed the K-12 budget entirely. She’s in essence holding the schools hostage for her sales tax increase…Brewer’s rhetoric in taking this action was grotesquely disingenuous. She said that the legislative budget “incorporates devastating cuts to education, public safety and our state’s most vital health services for the frail.”…It was, however, a budget she agreed to just a week earlier. And there was not a single dime in 2010 restorations for public safety and health care in the sales tax referral agreement.
Brewer is going to meet with the legislature today or tomorrow to discuss working out a new budget. It’s reported that Senate Majority leader Bob Burns is already out of town on vacation, and he was one of the few Senators who had agreed to support her tax increase. Without his support any longer, the legislature should have no problem stopping her, she has no support left.
The blog Gila Courier is already discussing which Republicans will run against her for governor in 2012. Her political career appears to be over because of stubborn insistence on a tax increase. It has already been exposed on this blog and elsewhere that Brewer’s political consultant Chuck Coughlin is behind the tax increase, because his contractor clients will benefit from infrastructure projects. How long is Brewer going to continue to fight for him and his special interests, while using a fake “it’s the children” excuse as cover? It’s been disappointing watching her ruin her career over this, transforming into a Democrat.