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Arizona Lawmakers, Governor In Standoff Over Budget As End Of Fiscal Year Approaches

Published: Tuesday, June 1, 2021 - 11:38am
Updated: Tuesday, June 1, 2021 - 1:27pm
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Arizona lawmakers and the governor are in a standoff and have so far failed to pass a budget as the end of the fiscal year ticks closer.

The main sticking point is a controversial 2.5% flat income tax that Gov. Doug Ducey is pushing for, which would permanently cut state revenues by billions and give a hefty tax break to the state’s wealthiest residents.

Republicans hold a slim majority in both chambers at the statehouse and couldn’t rally the votes to pass the budget last week. Instead, they decided to take a two-week break.

In response, the governor promptly vetoed 22 bills awaiting his signature in an attempt to push Republicans to get him a budget as soon as possible.

The Show spoke with Howard Fischer of Capitol Media Services to break this all down.

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