Today Governor Brewer expressed a clear, logical, and totally appropriate expectation. The legislature needs to send her a budget before she’ll deal with any additional bills beyond what is currently on her desk.
The Governor recognizes that the budget is the framework for every other policy choice state leaders make. Elected officials most basic mandate is to pass a balanced budget annually. The budget is the scaffolding that holds up statewide public policy. If that isn’t complete, everything else is simply putting the cart before the horse.
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Bio: Kristin Borns is a public policy professional with deep Arizona roots and owner of Borns Solutions AZ, an independent public policy and applied research consulting firm. She has worked for two legislative agencies, including the Office of the Auditor General, as well as in the advocacy community.
Possessing a depth of knowledge on state legislation, budget and human services, Kristin has also served in the Office of the Governor and as a Senior Policy Analyst at the Morrison Institute for Public Policy at Arizona State University, with a research focus on state government.
An established applied research professional and author of numerous publications, Kristin combines a factual understanding of critical policy issues and an ability to translate this knowledge into a clear and meaningful way to others.