Arizona’s Gov. Jan Brewer has just selectively vetoed major tax and spending reductions sent to her by the Arizona legislature last month. By her actions today, Arizonans will pay nearly one-third of a billion dollars in additional taxes annually to state government. While this will have a negative impact on our economic recovery, the story becomes even more convoluted.
In addition, she has myopically increased state government spending by nearly the same amount annually. Taking that action in the midst of a recession makes little sense. For a “conservative Republican” governor to do so flies in the face of fundamental Republican principles.
Gov. Brewer is quoted as saying this budget will allow the state “to weather the storm until the legislature reconvenes in January.”
Here’s what the governor had to say on the subject, at her press conference today, peppering her brief remarks with the words “extreme” or extremists.”
Governor: We have a $4 billion deficit. Make the cuts.