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“I read bills, and I didn’t like that bill from the beginning. I was concerned about it and stated very clearly at our meeting (with backers) that I was concerned about this bill and I wished it would never see the (light of day) up here. And then next thing I know it was bam, it was through the House and through the Senate, and I had just been gone for a day and it arrived up here.

“So I had to reevaluate. I got back and spoke to the parties involved and determined that my initial thoughts was certainly the right thing to do. And I vetoed it on Wednesday. I got back on Monday. We did it in three days, and we talked to parties on both sides, gave everybody fair hearing time, and I made my decision and immediately did what was the right thing to do for the state of Arizona. I have no regrets.”


The governor in January proposed an ambitious project to put broadband into every school in the state by spending $350 million in private, federal and state money for the system. The proposal was quickly dead in Legislature, one of only a few defeats for Brewer.

“Maybe it was wishful thinking. It was something that I thought was important. But we know that when the governor presents a budget generally that people aren’t going to accept it wholeheartedly. But overall my education funding and my performance and accountability passed and was funded and it will do just fine moving forward.”


A proposal to overhaul the state’s woefully underfunded public safety pension system is being floated by the state firefighters association and is backed by some lawmakers. But while generally supportive, Brewer said she will not call lawmakers back until a deal is done.

“But short of that, I don’t know if we could call them into special session and have a bloodbath.”


Seven Republicans are vying in August’s primary for governor, and Brewer has yet to endorse a candidate. But she said she expects to do so and has met with several candidates.

“I would like to weigh in because I want you to know that I do really care who get this office. Because I know now having served here for six years that it’s a very important position, and you have to be strong, and you have to be pragmatic and you have to do what’s right, not for just a certain arena, you have to do what’s right for the whole of Arizona. It’s very, very important to me.”