Surprise special session!
Early this evening, in an unprecedented move reminiscent of a reigning monarch issuing decrees, Gov. Jan Brewer, issued this proclamation, unexpectedly calling state legislators into a special session. Her move is aimed at forcing through her issue of paramount importance — Medicaid expansion — to which she is inextricably bonded.
In the proclamation, she declares a single subject. That was accomplished by rolling the pesky state budget in with what she refers to as “supplemental appropriations related thereto such as funding for the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System and any mechanisms for the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System to secure enhanced federal financial participation to support and maintain its programs.”
In other words, Brewer believes a tooth fairy named Barack Obama will stop by and drop money under her pillow.
Her move came on the heels of House Speaker Andy Tobin, (R-LD1), adjourning the legislative session for two days.