From the Herald/Review
May 3, 2020 editorial in the Herald/Review brings up a couple of interesting points about the Republicans in the Arizona legislature that have decided to challenge Governor Duecy's "stay-at-home" order.
"Arizona will likely lose millions in federal aid if our State Legislature vacates the governor’s executive orders. Senate President Karen Fann announced this week that if a resolution is passed, the state can keep the money it has already received, but will not be entitled to millions of federal emergency funds. In addition, all of the emergency declarations the governor has issued over the past few weeks will end immediately, including the state income tax deferral to July 15 and protections from evictions and other coronavirus-protections." (Bolding for emphasis).
"We will be watching our LD 14 Republicans in the Legislature — Reps. Gail Griffin and Becky Nutt and Sen. David Gown — to see if they join the GOP cabal seeking to overthrow Ducey."
Commentary from Bob Karp
Update 5/7/2020: Well that didn't last very long. Governor Ducey seems to be moving in the same path as President Trump and other governors who are insistent that no matter what, Arizona will reopen with few, if any restrictions. I said below let's try to follow the science when making decisions about reopening. Yes, some decisions can be made weighing risks based on data from areas throughout the state. What could work for Graham, Greenlee and Cochise counties, which are largely rural will probably not work in Maricopa and Pima county. But you still need to look at the science! The latest concern is that for political reasons a virus modeling group lead by the state health department has been put on "pause." This is not a good sign. I urge the governor to at least to continue to evaluate ALL possible scientific data sources. You may disagree, but it is important to get a wide range of information and to make it public as well.
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I can count on the fingers of one hand the times that I have agreed with Governor Ducey in the last two years. But here we are. In general, I think we need to give the governor good marks for his leadership in this crisis and his caution that continues to rely somewhat on data and science. It's not perfect, but there really isn't a perfect answer to this unprecedented situation the state and nation faces.
It is easy to test the way that the political wind is blowing right now and then grandstand. I'm not going to do that. I don't have the answers and I am not in government at the moment. I want to see our economy open up again. Continued economic devastation is a serious problem. Let's try to follow the science and data while preparing for a return to economic activity without risking the health and safety of our population.
What we don't need is some nonsense about the constitutionality of the governor's executive orders. As the Herald/Review editorial states, "Republicans in the Legislature need to calm down and get back in line with the governor. They need to protect the well being of their constituents, not turn this into a personal political opportunity."