Looking weary and with her hair pulled back in a utilitarian ponytail, Gov. Jan Brewer encountered another stalemate yesterday as the fragile budget negotiations shattered again. Neither Republicans nor Democrats are happy with the plan. Debate resumes today.
The sticking points are the temporary sales-tax increase on which Brewer appears to be staking her political future. The Republican governor is not winning GOP converts to a tax hike during these hard economic times. She wants to forward the issue to the voters, thereby keeping the blood off her hands. Republican legislators aren’t buying the charade.
Democrat spending enthusiasts are balking at the inclusion of future tax cuts, which would be an integral part of the ballot referral. State spending would be frozen at the 2009 level for the next three fiscal years.
Stay tuned. Someone needs to blink today.