Friday, March 12, 2010

GOP votes to push Arizona further down the wrong track

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Republicans pushed Arizona further down the wrong track today when they passed a phony budget that eagerly cuts more from public safety, jobs, education and health care.

The GOP budget fails to solve the state’s economic crisis.

“Republicans’ failure to lead and create a balanced budget solution has just made tough times even tougher for Arizonans,” House Democratic Leader David Lujan said. “We are losing police officers off our streets and teachers from our classrooms, but they eagerly want to cut more. That’s not the right track.”

Republicans’ phony budget:

Triggers lawsuits and ultimately will save the state nothing. For example, Republicans’ cut 420,000 people off of health care, which violates a voter-passed initiative and can violate the state constitution.

Cuts another $765 million from K-12 education on top of the largest cut to education in state history last year, causing class sizes to grow larger and more teacher layoffs.

Cuts public safety jobs when we’re already missing police and firefighters from our neighborhoods by pushing costs onto cities and counties to shoulder the burden of the state.
Still eliminates the Department of Juvenile Corrections in one year, burdening cities and counties even further.

Closes the majority of state parks that bring vital tourism dollars to Arizona’s rural and small town communities.

“Republicans chose once again to eagerly cut public safety, jobs, education and health care,” said Assistant House Democratic Leader Kyrsten Sinema. “That’s no solution when these phony cuts will only trigger lawsuits and ultimately save the state nothing.”

Republicans also failed to lead when they crafted their budget behind closed doors, out of public view, and now they’re making Arizonans pay for it.

“Arizona can’t afford to lose more jobs, just like they can’t afford more bad budgets,” said House Democratic Whip Chad Campbell. “Republicans’ failure to lead just shows that they’ve been in office for too long and it’s time for a change.”


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