Mary K. Reinhart reports:
she announced on the Senate floor that she wouldn’t be voting on any more bills until the $1 billion shortfall is resolved. Even then, she probably won’t like the compromise.
“They have found smoke and mirrors and everything under the sun to balance this budget,” she said, bemoaning the use of bonding to finance school construction and sopping up most of the reserve rainy-day fund.
A study in contrasts, she has championed the rights of juvenile sex offenders, whose stories have brought her to tears during committee hearings. But she’s chastised the Bush administration for being too extravagant and compassionate, and wants to opt out of No Child Left Behind because it infringes on state’s rights.
She’s on the board of a Mesa substance-abuse treatment center and donates to the East Valley Child Crisis Center, but is fiercely committed to small government and supports deep cuts to social programs to help reverse the “nanny state.”
“We have totally left the Constitution,” Johnson said. “We’ve walked away from family-grounded principles into socialism and fascism.”
She also questions the government’s 9/11 conspiracy theory.