Friday, April 30, 2010

After 2 years, Republicans still pushing Arizona down the wrong track

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Two years after Arizona entered a recession and after Gov. Jan Brewer took office with a Republican legislative majority, Arizona is still on the wrong track, House Democrats said Friday.

Republicans eagerly made massive cuts to jobs, education, health care, public safety and state parks and succeed in destroying the state.

“Clearly, after two legislative sessions during a recession, Arizona is no where close to getting back on track,” said House Democratic Leader David Lujan. “While other states around the nation seem to be on the mend, Arizona continues to go backward instead of forward and our economy is hurting because of it.”

This year, Republicans and Brewer:
• Cut 400,000 people off of health care, causing emergency rooms to overflow even more.
• Cut 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, more teacher layoffs and businesses to not even consider moving to the state.
• Cut public safety jobs when we’re already missing police and firefighters from our neighborhoods.
• Closed the majority of state parks that bring vital tourism dollars to Arizona’s rural and small town communities.
• Failed to get Arizona back on track.

“It really is unfortunate that right here in Arizona, a small business is closing because it can no longer stay afloat, that a family is struggling to make a mortgage payment or downsizing because someone was laid off,” said Assistant House Democratic Leader Kyrsten Sinema. “But the worst part is that the majority of state lawmakers, who are all Republican, failed to lead to put Arizona back on track.”

Too many Arizonans still are losing their jobs, and Arizona’s schools are under funded, but Republicans eagerly cut education, jobs and public safety. Big corporations and the rich aren’t paying their fair share in taxes, but Republicans continue to give away tax breaks to big corporations and the rich, while middle-class families pay for it. Republicans massively cut health care during tough economic times and now many Arizona families and children can’t afford to go to the doctor.

“It’s embarrassing to explain to people in and outside of Arizona that Republicans have destroyed our state,” said House Democratic Whip Chad Campbell. “Republicans have shoved Arizona down the wrong track. Republicans have failed to lead. Republicans have been in office too long. It’s time for a change.”

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