July 30, 2009
Hell, why not. Given how ass fuckingly ass fisted the stae is right now, that idea may not be far off. Especially when stupidity such as this is being floated around as an idea to stem the red ink.
Under the complex financial arrangement, state government services would continue without interruption while the state picks up a cash infusion estimated by Capitol number-crunchers at $735 million.
Gov. Jan Brewer said Wednesday she hadn't made any decisions on which state properties should be sold.
For investors, the deal means long term lease payments from a stable source.
"What they want is an asset that you're not going to walk away from," said Tom Manos, Gov. Jan Brewer's top fiscal adviser.
"They really don't care about the asset. What they care about is how essential is the asset," Manos added, citing talks with bankers.
Legislation to set the refinancing plan in motion is part of a budget-balancing plan being considered by the Legislature on Wednesday for the fiscal year that began July 1.
It also was included in a budget that the Legislature approved July 1 but that part of it and many others were vetoed the same day by Brewer because it didn't include her proposal for a temporary sales tax.
The list of candidate properties was reported Wednesday by The Arizona Republic. It had been disclosed previously that prisons could be involved.
The properties legislation does not specify which specific properties would be sold, and a candidates list provided to lawmakers only specifies the price to replace properties, not the amounts each would fetch in a refinancing.
Seriously, what corporate sponsors could we find for this venture?
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