the first true bipartisan budget since Governor Napolitano. We passed a historic water deal, tribal gaming was something that also happened during this time … there was a special session on wildfires, and we were able to negotiate $90 million in ARPA funding to provide direct assistance to Arizona nonprofit organizations to support the community.
The U.S. Senate on Aug. 7 approved the Inflation Reduction Act, which builds on Sen. Kyrsten Sinema’s accomplishments as lead negotiator and co-author of the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment Jobs law to address climate change –– and create good-paying jobs right here in Arizona.
Arizona passed its first truly bipartisan budget in years after some Republicans refused to budge on conservative issues and forced leadership to meet Democratic demands.
House Minority Leader Reginald Bolding, D-Laveen, is pleased that what he called the “first true bipartisan budget since Governor Napolitano” was passed by state lawmakers last session. He also is happy that a historic water deal was approved, along with tribal gaming and a special session was held on wildfires during his last two years as House minority leader.
Senate President Karen Fann said it has been a huge honor serving as president in the Senate. She is only the second female Senate president in Arizona. Fann said some highlights of the past session for her include lawmakers passing a water bill, as well as a bipartisan budget and a K-12 base funding increase.
The Fiscal Year 2023 budget is now law.