The Citizen’s Tax Committee (CTC) has released a statement announcing that their June 13th Candidate Forum for LD1 House candidates has been cancelled. The Arizona State Legislature remains in session, gridlocked over budget and election integrity bills.
LD1’s two incumbent Representatives, Judy Burges and Quang Nguyen, have been told by House leadership to expect floor votes on Monday and throughout the week. They both informed the Citizens Tax Committee that they would be unable to attend the Candidate Forum, scheduled for 1:30pm on Monday, June 13, at the Adult Center in Prescott.
The June 13th Forum for House candidates was to be the second in a series of forums sponsored by the Citizens Tax Committee. A similar event for Arizona Senate candidates was held in April. The June 13th forum was widely publicized on radio and social media and was believed to be the only bipartisan candidate forum scheduled to date in the 2022 election cycle. With ballots for early voting scheduled to be mailed on July 6th, Prescott eNews is informed that it is unlikely another event for House candidates will be rescheduled.
In a notice to candidates advising that the forum was cancelled, CTC President Cathy Craig noted that it would be unfair to the public and the candidates to go forward with a candidate forum without LD1’s incumbent Representatives, both of whom are seeking reelection. According to John Stevens, Vice President of CTC, the Executive Board may consider an event after the August 2nd Primary, either for legislative or school board candidates.
The normal 100 day legislative session is now past 150 days. By law, the state’s current spending authority ends June 30th. It is not unusual for the legislative session to run a few days over the normal 100 days. But failing to enact a budget and adjourn this late in the year, especially in an election year, is highly unusual. The fate of Arizona’s 5 Billion dollar surplus has brought forth competing demands. A consensus on how to spend the money has proven elusive.