So yesterday Gov. Brewer threatened to veto all non-budget bills that aren’t already on her desk – no matter what. “The governor has indicated to leadership that, outside of the bills that are on her desk now, she won’t sign any more bills until there’s a budget,” Brewer spokesman Matthew Benson said.
Anyone who pays attention to the AZ Capitol scene knows well her propensity to act like a four-year-old when she doesn’t get her way. However, her newest negotiation tactic seems particularly reckless.
A few conservative members have suggested responding to her threat by immediately sending up HB2721, the CPS reform bill. This approach is especially tempting since the bill is the bi-partisan consensus result of her own highly-publicized CPS Task Force from last fall. She’d either cave and sign it, which would look weak, or veto it, which would look as childish…well, as her threat was.
The conservatives are trying to budget for the long term by keeping the state from having another budget meltdown in a couple of years. Brewer wants to spend MORE than the Democrats. Since she’ll be on her way out by then, she doesn’t really care much whether she leaves a funding cliff for the next administration. For some reason, she wants applause from the K-12 and welfare spending lobbies. She still hasn’t learned that no amount will ever be enough for the spenders.
If this is how she negotiates with her “friends”, it’s a wonder she ever accomplished anything as a legislator.