Tuesday, February 15, 2011

GOP and special interests have ‘special’ Valentine’s Day, public not invited

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Republican lawmakers on Monday and Tuesday showed they are not on Arizonans’ side by rushing through a corporate bailout package without giving the public enough notice to be a part of the process.

“Republicans and Gov. Jan Brewer failed Arizona with their total lack of transparency and their insider deals to give tax breaks to special interests and rich CEOs,” said House Minority Leader Chad Campbell. “They are running government in Arizona and it’s time to hold them accountable.”

Republicans’ bill to dish out tax credits to special interests wasn't readily available for the public to review, and no public notice that there would be a special session was given until less than 24 hours before the committees met to hear the bills.

“It is absolutely outrageous that Arizonans weren’t allowed to be part of this process,” said Assistant House Minority Leader Steve Farley. “Government should be honest and effective, and we the people should have a right to know how our money is spent.”

Republicans’ corporate bailout package raises taxes on middle-class homeowners while giving huge tax breaks to big corporations and the rich and driving Arizona deeper into debt. At the same time, school children are hurting due to massive GOP education cuts and nearly 100 Arizonans are dying due to cuts to life-saving transplants.

“Now Republicans want to give away tax cuts to the richest Arizonans during a time when middle-class families are struggling to find jobs,” said House Minority Whip Matt Heinz. “While they say it’s a ‘job creation package,’ the reality is that it’s a corporate bailout package, and they did not involve the public in the process.”

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