Things are moving fast at the Arizona Capital regarding the FY21 budget and a recess or sine die for the Legislature.
You may remember that last week the legislature passed a continuation of the Arizona￼ Department of Health Services, and it included $55 million to fight the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Three options are swirling around the capital this week. There is talk about passing a “skinny budget” which would have only a few minor changes from the current fiscal year budget. There are three options: pass a skinny budget, recess for a while, and come back to everything this is on the table; pass the skinny budget and sine die (end the session); or pass the skinny budget with language about how to spend the $55 million in Coronavirus funds and sine die.
The House Democrats brainstormed about ideas and legislation to fight the spread of the Corona virus and to help people and businesses impacted by the shutdown. Our full Coronavirus Crisis Response Plan is below. This plan was crafted into budget amendments by our staff.
We could pass the skinny budget and end the session as early as tomorrow, Wednesday, March 18. Stay tuned. Headed for the capital now. We have some Floor votes this afternoon.￼ [Posted on Facebook on March 17, 2020.]