PHOENIX – A top aide to Gov. Jan Brewer testified before a legislative committee and shared thoughts on the state’s budget crisis on Wednesday, a development that some lawmakers called overdue.
Budget Director Eileen Klein told the House Appropriations Committee that the governor supported legislation to close a shortfall in the current state budget.
Several lawmakers’ comments and questions to Klein focused on their perceptions that Brewer hasn’t given the Legislature a detailed read on how and when she plans to spend federal stimulus money.
Klein said Brewer intends to spread the money over several years and hasn’t made that a secret.
Lawmakers responded by saying they want specifics, and the more the better.