Az Senate Republicans launch lengthy checklist of priorities for 2024

Arizona Senate Republicans on
Thursday launched the prolonged checklist of priorities for the upcoming 2024
legislative session, however have been gentle on specifics – significantly how
they are going to overcome potential vetoes from the Democratic governor. 

“We don’t management vetoes, she
controls the vetoes,” Senate President Warren Petersen stated,
sidestepping the truth that Republicans might select to move payments that
Hobbs is extra more likely to signal, as a substitute of passing ones that they know she
will veto.

In the course of the 2023 session, Gov. Katie Hobbs vetoed a report 143 payments — all of them Republican payments.

However Petersen touted the largest bipartisan accomplishment of the 2023 session: the 2024 price range.

Petersen instructed reporters that prime of
thoughts in 2024 can be inflation aid, public security and water. The brand new
legislative session begins Jan. 8.

The Republicans’ just lately launched plan to decrease gasoline costs, in addition to its plan to extend trainer pay by $4,000 yearly will each play an element within the inflation aid plan, Petersen stated. 

Whereas Petersen promised that
Republicans don’t have any plans to roll again Arizona’s requirement for brand new
residential developments in city areas to have a 100-year provide of
water, they’re aiming to “set the report straight” on the standing of
water in Arizona. 

“Because of the economically detrimental,
factually flawed, and haphazardly introduced narrative created by the
Governor’s Workplace about Arizona’s water provide,
our state is now in an much more precarious place in terms of
our housing stock, whereas out of state funding begins to impression
our financial system,” Republicans wrote of their plan. 

Petersen stated he’d been working with
the League of Cities and Cities to hurry up the development approval
course of to assist take care of the housing scarcity. 

GOP members of the Senate additionally plan
to presumably attempt to ship members of the Arizona Nationwide Guard to the
border with Mexico to assist the Border Patrol officers and native legislation
enforcement already working there to take care of a surge of migrants crossing the border. 

Then-Gov Doug Ducey despatched Nationwide
Guard troops to the border in 2021 and whereas there are not any troops
presently on the border on Hobbs’ orders, she just lately requested the Biden administration to re-assign some already within the space on nationwide orders to open the recently-shuttered Lukeville port of entry. 

The total checklist of priorities that the Senate launched additionally features a give attention to: 

  • Resolving the 2024 state price range’s $400 million shortfall
    — largely attributable to a discount in income after Republicans reduce revenue
    taxes — by chopping spending with out tapping into the wet day fund.
    “This isn’t a giant cliff,” stated Sen. John Kavanagh, of Fountain Hills.
    “It’s one-time spending, and that makes it simpler.” He stated some
    attainable areas for cuts embrace highway tasks that may’t be accomplished
    presently as a result of there aren’t sufficient out there staff. 
  • Infrastructure,
    and guaranteeing that tax cash is allotted effectively and to “the modes
    used most by vacationers,” which means that Republicans will possible proceed
    to attempt to steer tax cash away from public transportation tasks. 
  • Well being,
    together with addressing the employee scarcity in medical, behavioral and
    long-term care by way of skilled coaching packages and licensing
    reform. Senate Republicans additionally plan to try to extend the capability
    for psychiatric remedy in private and non-private services and guarantee
    that providers to individuals experiencing homelessness “meaningfully assist
    a person’s means to acquire housing and obtain long-term success
    in sustaining housing.”
  • Election
    reform in what the Senate Republicans say is an effort to extend
    transparency and promote confidence among the many voters. 

“Despite the Governor’s report
vetoes of our election integrity payments, we’ll proceed to place ahead
commonsense options,” Republicans wrote of their plan. 

Sen. Wendy Rogers, of Flagstaff, a 2020 election denier and proponent of most of the election reform payments
that Hobbs vetoed within the 2023 session, stated she’ll be again at it within the
upcoming session, with plans to make sure outcomes are available earlier.