PHOENIX — A plan to quickly pass a basic state budget and a series of critical bills by the end of the week to ensure the state has funding until the coronavirus crisis ebbs was coming together in the Arizona Legislature Monday.
Republican House Speaker Rusty Bowers told his members that the “baseline” budget would include no policy changes like tax cuts but provide required funding increases that are baked into the budget. Anything controversial is off the table for now, he said. More than two dozen critical bills such as those to keep agencies running would need to pass this week in addition to the budget to keep government functioning.
The Senate was working out a similar plan, but Republican Senate President Karen Fann had a slightly different timeline than Bowers.