May 24, 2019

Lawmakers on the budget: State Rep. Kirsten Engel

The Democratic representative discusses the need for bipartisanship at the Capitol.

Arizona lawmakers began debate this week on a budget totaling more than $11 billion. On a day when negotiations were front and center, Arizona 360 traveled to the Capitol to hear from legislators on both sides about whether their priorities advanced for fell by the wayside.

Democratic State Rep. Kirsten Engel spoke about the need for more bipartisanship this session, given the narrowing majority Republicans hold in the Arizona House and Senate.

"What we're now facing is a Republican budget that the Republicans don't have the votes to pass. They need the Democrats. So rather than going through — frankly what I see as a charade right now of passing a budget that they don't have the votes to pass through the Senate, why don't we sit down, be in the 'cage' together and figure out a compromise bipartisan budget that we can all get on board with," Engel said.

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