Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Republicans halt budget progress with corporate bailout package

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – House Republican lawmakers dismantled progress on the state budget today when they amended the final budget bill so that it would only be enacted if their corporate bailout package also becomes law.

The final budget bill of the special session, Senate Bill 1002, would have freed up $450 million toward closing this year’s $1.4 billion budget deficit, but the fate of the bill is unknown because Republicans tied their corporate bailout package, House Bill 2250, to the bill.

“Republicans are holding the state budget and funding for schools, health care and vital services hostage until their $650 million a year bailout for the rich and big corporations is enacted,” said House Democratic Leader David Lujan. “Here they go again pushing Arizona down the wrong track. How many more bad Republican lawmakers can Arizona afford?”

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