I think I told you June 24 that there was a stench rising over the Arizona State Capitol. Blondie Jan Brewer is responsible for signing the budget into law. But the beguiling ‘Cute Young Thing’ (Representative Michelle Ugenti) decided to slip a few unconstitutional things into the verbiage so Blondie didn’t have time to see it. Dirt floor, finger-crushing politics, but that’s what she got away with.
Well, not much slips past Homeowners Advocate George Staropoli. He readily recognized the massive financial forces behind our sneaky ‘Cute Young Thing’ were nothing more than a money/power grab for some very narrow special interests. He also noted that the Arizona Constitution is screamingly clear. You can’t throw bills into the annual Omnibus bill without specifically naming them. It’s designed to keep dirty fingers out of the cookie jar. It’s designed to keep Arizona politics clean. And Rep. Ugenti just found a sneaky way to skirt the law.
Now there’s a lawsuit asking for a declaratory judgment that the ‘Cute Young Thing’ gets her fingers slapped because her actions in sneaking SB-1454 into the budget were a blatant violation of the state Constitution.