The Farley Report from Phoenix #185: 5-28-13

Huge congratulations to our Arizona students who graduated last week, including my two talented daughters -- in August my oldest is heading to Washington University in St Louis, and my youngest to Tucson High, and I couldn't be prouder. I know there are so many other Arizona families feeling the same way right now. 

Yes, May is nearly a memory. But there is still no sign of when or how the House takes up the Senate-passed budget, including Medicaid restoration. 

We do know that voters will not be facing the Medicaid topic in a special election, as House Speaker Andy Tobin had suggested last week. Today he publicly announced that he will be dealing with the issue within the Legislature, and he will continue to push for more transparency and accountability measures which could attract additional support among members of his caucus.  

That being said, it probably will not happen this week since there was nothing on the floor calendar for either House or Senate today. Word is that the House Appropriations Committee may hear something on Thursday, but there's nothing definitive just yet.  

I doubt we will be voting on any other bills, either. Early last week the Governor reiterated her statement that she will not be signing any bills sent to her before a budget and Medicaid are sent to her desk.  

Last Thursday she demonstrated her resolve by vetoing five Republican bills, and sent identical veto letters stating that we have only five weeks until a government shutdown if no budget is passed, and continued, "I respectfully ask that legislators join me to resolve our budgetary and health care challenges. Once these priority issues are behind us, I am happy to once again consider unrelated legislation." 

So with no committees or bills in sight -- budget, Medicaid, or otherwise -- this is the very short Farley Report you probably thought you'd never see from this particular wordsmith. I fervently hope there will be much more to write about next Tuesday. No news is not good news in this case. 

Thanks for your continuing faith in me as your Senator.  


Steve Farley

Senator, District 9, Tucson


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