Lowering Arizona: absence of budget shutters IFTA, IRP

| 6/30/2009

The state of Arizona was shutting down several services Tuesday, June 30, in preparation for the absence of a state budget by midnight.

As of Tuesday afternoon, Arizona’s legislature had not sent a budget to Gov. Jan Brewer.

Last week, Brewer restated her case for filing a lawsuit against the Arizona House Speaker and Senate President to force the legislature to send her a state budget bill.

Truckers needing services through the International Fuel Tax Association or International Registration Plan services couldn’t get help from Arizona on Monday or Tuesday.

Cathy Koncilia of OOIDA’s permits and licensing department said the shutdown would only affect IFTA patrons who were adding trucks or accounts this week. She said the IRP issue could affect more truckers.

Jimmy Chavez, president of the Arizona Highway Patrol Association, told The Arizona Republic a shutdown could keep nearly half the Highway Patrol from working.

Arizona has never shut down for lacking a budget, the Republic reported Tuesday.

– By Charlie Morasch, staff writer