KIRK ADAMS is in on this Ducey’s former front line . We will all be left high and dry . ! Hate to get too political but this site is to expose and educate newbies and new victims of the corrupt AZ BON. Who are 100% about politics, dirty politics. !
pray things change and people start doing their jobs and do it honestly (yea asking ALOT of this BON!!!)
The Last Act: Ducey’s folly
The attempted cramdown of a desalination proposal was a raw exercise in crony capitalism.
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The last meeting of the Water Infrastructure Finance Authority before Gov. Doug Ducey rides off into the sunset was a sorry spectacle in governance. There was an attempted cramdown of a raw exercise in crony capitalism. And it partially succeeded.
Last session, the legislature revamped the authority and gave it a billion dollars over three years for water augmentation projects.
The revamped authority board has nine voting members, five appointed by the governor and one each by the Senate president and minority leader and the House speaker and minority leader. There’s a geographical distribution requirement for board members, but appointments aren’t subject to Senate confirmation.
In other words, Ducey appointed the board’s majority, with authority to spend a billion dollars of taxpayer money, without any true check or balance.
Ducey has long been a desalination bug. And it was clear that he intended for the billion bucks to be used to somehow get desalinated water from Mexico to Arizona.
The final board appointment wasn’t made until early November. The revamped authority is still in its early organizational phase. Yet, just before Christmas, it took preliminary steps to commit $750 million of the billion to a specific desalination project.
When the authority revamp legislation was making its way through the legislature, rumors were rampant that the fix was in for a particular group and project. The rumors were vigorously denied. The authority would operate with a clean slate, all proposals would start on an equal footing, went the assurances.
Legislators who believed that were naïve. Yet there were only two votes in the entire legislature against the revamped authority, with that appointment process, and the statutory rules allowing this particular proposer, called the IDE group, to get to the head of the line.