[Column] Legislature opens today with toxic budget choices

Screen Shot 2015-01-12 at 9.03.39 AMBy Robert Robb | The Arizona Republic

(Editor’s note: Opinion pieces are published for discussions purposes only.)

Optimism about a legislative session brings to mind Samuel Johnson’s description of second marriages as the triumph of hope over experience. In reality, I am familiar with vastly more companionable second marriages than amicable legislative sessions.

Nevertheless, Republican legislators, particularly of the conservative variety, profess optimism about the upcoming session. They see a kindred spirit in the new governor, Doug Ducey. And they expect him to be infinitely easier to work with than his predecessor, who often seemed a random thunderstorm.

Ducey might be a kindred spirit. And he’s a salesman by nature and not prone to tossing lightning bolts.


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