Arizona Senate Calls Off Budget Vote, Adjourns Amid Rancor

May 28, 2021

The Arizona Senate has pulled the plug on a plan to vote on a budget and instead adjourned until June 10 unless they break the impasse earlier on the $12.8 billion spending plan.

In this April 21, 2021, file photo, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey addresses the media at the U.S-Mexico border in Yuma, Ariz. A budget deal struck between Republican leaders of the Arizona Legislature and Ducey includes implementing a flat 2.5% income tax that cuts $1.5 billion a year from state revenue and keeps higher earning taxpayers from having to directly pay a new 3.5% surcharge to fund schools.
Credit Randy Hoeft/The Yuma Sun via AP, File


Republican Senate President Karen Fann announced Thursday afternoon that her hopes of getting all 16 Republican members to back the deal she reached with House Speaker Rusty Bowers and Gov. Doug Ducey had fallen though. The House reached the same conclusion on Wednesday and also adjourned. Republicans could only lose one vote with only a one-vote majority in each chamber and no Democratic support for the budget deal that includes a massive tax cut.