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Two Prescott Residents Are Suing The State Of Arizona Over A Large Budget Allocation To The World’s Oldest Rodeo In Prescott

Two Prescott residents are suing the State of Arizona for allocating over $15-million to the World’s Oldest Rodeo in the state budget. The suit claims that allocation is a violation of the state’s gift clause. The Arizona Center for Law in the Public Interest filed the lawsuit last week on behalf of residents Howard Mechanic and Ralph Hess. Attorneys for Attorney General Kris Mayes, who is from Prescott, and State Treasurer Kimberly Yee agreed in court Tuesday to halt half of the allocation until the lawsuit is decided. The gift clause doesn’t allow government entities from giving money to private companies or people without direct benefits to taxpayers. Prescott Representative Quang Nguyen helped direct the funds to the rodeo. He has said that enhancing the rodeo would boost tax revenue and tourism in the city. The ruling could affect other budget allocations, including five-and-a-half million dollars to Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff. The rodeo runs from now through the Fourth of July.