Hello all,

Earlier this evening, the House followed the Senate's action from Tuesday and passed ten of the eleven state budget bills including the Capital Outlay Bill which includes $320 million in one-time funding for transportation and the Omnibus Taxation Bill which reduces individual income taxes and increases municipal revenue sharing.

The Senate passed all eleven bills on Tuesday. The House will reconvene tomorrow morning and take up the last remaining bill covering K-12 Education funding. Also, the House amended the Criminal Justice Bill and will need to negotiate with the Senate to pass an identical version. The bills containing the transportation funding and tax changes are both ready to be sent to the Governor.

The list of transportation projects remains unchanged from what was reported on Tuesday after the Senate vote. Those projects are:

$90 Million     Preservation rehabilitation projects      ADOT – Greater Arizona
$50 Million     I-10 widening                                       Casa Grande – Phoenix
$46.7 Million SR95 repavement                                 Lake Havasu/Bullhead City
$35 Million    SR347 overpass at Riggs Road             North of City of Maricopa
$18 Million    State Aviation Fund                              ADOT Statewide
$13.6 Million SR77 pavement rehabilitation              Oro Valley
$10.6 Million SR90 improvements                              Fort Huachuca vicinity
$10 Million    US95 improvements near YPG              Yuma
$8.5 Million   67th Ave widening & drainage            Peoria
$8 Million      Camelback Road widening                    Goodyear
$7.9 Million   Ocotillo Rd expansion & bridge const    Gilbert
$5 Million      Tangerine Rd improvements near I-10   Marana
$4.7 Million   SR69 repavement                                  Prescott Valley
$4 Million      North/South Corridor Tier II Study    Pinal County
$3.5 Million   I-10/SR186 repairs                                 Wilcox
$1,169,400   Hill Street Corridor                                  Globe
$1,032,100   20th Avenue reconstruction                     Safford
$1 Million      Butte Avenue Bridge replacement         Florence
$750,000      SR87 – local match contribution          Pinal County
$700,000      SR88 repair study                                    Gila/Pinal Counties
$560,000      Main Street improvements                      Jerome
$150,000      SR303/Grand Avenue study                 Surprise
$140,000      SR377 guardrail study                             Holbrook to Heber

With today's actions, the Legislature is very close to adjourning sine die. Tomorrow, in addition to wrapping up work on the budget, the House will likely take up the 22 bills that were earlier vetoed by the Governor to pressure greater focus on passing a budget and a few other remaining bills. Earlier today, the Senate focused on the vetoed bills and is also very close to wrapping up their work.

Kevin Adam,
Legislative Liaison
Rural Transportation Advocacy Council