Expand Medicaid or I'll Veto All Bills, Says AZ Governor

A little blackmail among friends


Saying she's run out of patience, Gov. Jan Brewer will veto any bills sent to her until she sees movement on a new state budget and her pet Medicaid expansion project.

Gubernatorial press aide Matthew Benson said Friday his boss has been more than patient in giving lawmakers time to deal with all the other issues that typically pop up during the annual session. And he noted Brewer already has signed 201 bills that have reached her desk.

But now, with the Legislature headed into its 120th day on Monday, Benson said Brewer wants "significant progress" on both issues.