Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Brewer’s Web site fails to cover her own cuts to jobs, education

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – House Democrats were pleased today to hear that Gov. Jan Brewer announced a new Web site to help Arizonans suffering from the massive cuts she herself made to jobs and education, but it won’t reverse the damage she already has done.

Enlisting charity organizations’ help will be minimally helpful in the coming year when Brewer again eagerly cuts 400,000 more people off of health care and cuts at least $750 million more from education on top of the largest cut to education in state history last year.

“Bringing together charity organizations is a great idea, but it’s no replacement for the more than $1 billion in cuts to services Gov. Brewer and Republicans made so far during her administration, and it’s no replacement for taking health care away from 417,000 people,” Assistant House Democratic Leader Kyrsten Sinema said.

Non-profit organizations themselves also are struggling to keep up with the increasing caseloads as a result of Republicans’ massive budget cuts to jobs, education and health care.

Brewer signed a budget last year that eliminated the 2-1-1 system, a nationally recognized model that served as a place for people to go to find information about non-profit and faith-based organizations.

“These organizations are incredibly important to middle-class families, and it’s important that Arizonans know where to turn during tough times — the 2-1-1 system did exactly that,” said House Democratic Whip Chad Campbell. “When times are tough, it’s great to know that charities are helping out, but their help is a pebble in a lake of massive and deep wrong-track budget cuts that Brewer herself made and will eagerly make to middle-class families in Arizona.”

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