Author isn’t fessing up to Alternative Budget Proposal

To: poster #2 on the Konopnicki swap with Allen story (PCbutnotPC). Since you said Konopnicki has something to offer it got us to wondering and we found this little gem. What we really thought was interesting was the food tax proposal and in the video, a hospital bed tax proposal. Yes, Konopnicki does have something to offer … but isn’t leadership putting your name on your work?

Arizona lawmakers review Mystery Alternative Budget Proposal

By Paul Davenport

PHOENIX (AP) – Arizona legislators are examining and debating an alternative budget-balancing proposal whose origin remains somewhat murky.

The proposal widely circulating at the Capitol in recent weeks has been called a bipartisan alternative to Republican Gov. Jan Brewer’s budget proposal, skipping her spending cuts while using significantly more tax increases and borrowing.

Brewer’s plan is the basis for a legislative budget proposal that majority Republicans are drafting behind closed doors.

Several legislators have voiced support for parts of the alternative while acknowledging involvement in 2009 discussions leading to its preparation.

Republican Rep. Bill Konopnicki of Safford has told The Associated Press he personally paid $2,000 to a retired California university economist to help compile the proposal.

However, none of those lawmakers accepted invitations to discuss the proposal Thursday during a joint House-Senate briefing to compare it with Brewer’s offering, said House Appropriations Committee Chairman John Kavanagh, R-Fountain Hills.

That left Kavanagh and several other senior Republicans complaining they don’t know the alternative proposal’s true origins and couldn’t ask questions to its drafter or drafters about its revenue assumptions and specific provisions.

“If they can’t put on their big-boy pants … and take responsibility for the plan they’re trying to implement, then they must not really believe in them,” said Rep. Rick Murphy, R-Glendale.

[does anyone remember watching Horizon on PBS on Feb. 2, 2010?]

Kavanagh said he won’t spend more time on the alternative because issues as important as the budget require more transparency.

“It’s a real threat to the institutional process. This committee is not a hotel where you book a room and bring in whoever you want,” he said.

However, several other lawmakers, including Democrats and at least one Republican, said their colleagues should keep the door open and not reject the alternative proposal out of hand.

“We have a culture that doesn’t encourage people to step out and try to find ideas that are out of the box,” said Rep. Vic Williams, R-Tucson.

Responded Senate Appropriations Chairman Russell Pearce: “I’m not sure I’m finding any gems here. It’s $3 billion of taxing.”  Pearce, R-Mesa, at one point said parts of the alternative proposal mirrored a budget spreadsheet linked to an Arizona State University administrator.

But ASU officials have denied involvement, Pearce said.  The university official named by Pearce, Richard Stanley, did not immediately respond to a query e-mailed to him by the AP.


  1. Yah, right. says

    You know what I find funny, the fact the Republican “Leadership” doesn’t want to do *anything* to solve the problems they are making worse by doing nothing.

    I can hardly wait until the teabaggers destroy the republican party. Then the Chamber will have to eat a lot of crow to ever get anything from the Dems.

    Howya liking that guy from Taxachusetts who voted out the jobs bill in the Senate?

    Kinda funny that he voted on some pork!

  2. To Tell The Truth says

    Again, only part of the truth. Konopnicki proposed to pay off the debt that the legislature has already borrowed. What an awful thing to propose. We do not want the feds to get this idea-let’s keep borrowing in AZ like the President is for the country. We can borrow our way out of our financial problems-no one has to pay. What is wrong with this picture?

  3. Veritas Vincit says

    To tell the truth, what’s wrong with cutting expenses? If you don’t have the green you can’t make the scene. Stop borrowing and start cutting salaries of mid-to upper state administrative personnel – 20% for everyone above $65,000/yr – and they keep their benefits and their jobs. What’s wrong with that?

  4. To Tell The Truth says

    Cutting expenses is great BUT over 65% of the budget is voter protected.

  5. Veritas Vincit says

    Then we need to unlock that 65% by educating the public and putting the whole issue on the ballot asap.

    to “To Tell”, how about telling voters about First Things First? They’re sitting on a pile of money and from feedback from various places in the state, they have yet to really produce anything except another bloated bureaucracy.

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