Arizona House Concurrent Resolution 2044 (2008)
|Not on Ballot|
| This measure did not or |
will not appear on a ballot
|House Concurrent Resolution 2044|
|Subject||Funding for initiative protected programs|
|Sponsored by:||Arizona House of Reps|
|Status||Did not make ballot|
The House Concurrent Resolution 2044 would have allowed the legislature to amend initiative or referendum protected budgets in years of a fiscal crisis. The legislative referral was intended for the 2008 ballot.
In order to avoid a budget deficit, any limitation on the legislature's authority to appropriate or divert funds created by initiative or referendum prescribed by this paragraph does not apply in any fiscal year in which the respective budget offices of the governor and the legislature issue a written finding that the state budget for the fiscal year is projected to have a deficit.
Rep. Russell Pearce, R-Mesa, said this would have meant that a huge chunk of budget growth, about $600 million a year, on "auto-pilot," has made it difficult for the Legislature to balance the budget during hard economic times.
Many said that this was simply a "smoke screen" to mask legislatures attempt to cut away at the rights of direct democracy by allowing lawmakers to undo or defund programs they don't like. Past campaign measure managers, like Karen Woodhouse, deputy director of First Things First came out against the initiative.
Passed the House on 03/24/08.
Did not pass the Senate. 
Did not make the ballot.
- Arizona 2008 ballot measures
- Arizona Initiative and Referendum Law
- Campaign finance requirements for Arizona ballot measures
- Arizona Secretary of State, 2008 Initiative applications
- Arizona Republic, Tread on it lightly, April 10, 2008