A former teacher and Vice Mayor of Tolleson and a transplant survivor, Tovar said a balanced approach to get rid of government waste and closing tax loopholes is necessary to get our economy moving again.
“I was able to see first hand the facts on the deficit reduction plan and its effects on
See Tovar’s op-ed in The Arizona Republic today about the effects of the jobs’ plan on
“I urge you to cease and desist the procurement of 5,000 additional private prison beds until the cost-benefit and performance analysis required by law is completed and after enhanced security, training and monitoring policies are in place and shown to be effective at all existing private facilities,”
Ryan and Brewer illegally ignored completing reports and analysis that would have provided valuable information on how private prisons in
Last summer, murderers escaped from a lax-security private prison near Kingman and fatally shot two people and left their bodies to burn in
“Even after an innocent, vacationing couple was brutally murdered thanks to
Gallego, a state legislator and Iraq War veteran, said the President’s speech gave him hope that job growth will soon come to south
“It was an honor to stand with the President and support a plan we can all agree is a way to move our economy forward,” Gallego said. “We can work together to create the jobs of the future by helping small business entrepreneurs, by investing in education and by our own innovation. It’s time to jump start our country’s economic engine – the middle class.”
As part of President Obama’s American Jobs Act in
- 110,000 businesses will receive a payroll tax cut
- Highway and transit modernization projects will receive immediate investments of at least $603 million in
that could support a minimum of approximately 7,800 local jobs. Arizona
- States and localities would be able to avoid and reverse layoffs now, and the plan will provide $626 million in funds to
to support up to 9,700 educator and first responder jobs. Arizona
- A typical household with a median income of around $46,000 will receive a tax cut of around $1,430.
“Today Gov. Brewer launched another website as her solution to the massive problem she and Republicans created by slashing our children’s education funding, firing teachers and creating a nearly impossible learning environment for our kids.
“If she wanted to fix education, she should fund our schools. Instead, she just continues to build on empty promises. She created a perception that she would use the sales tax hike for education but this year turned around and made another massive cut to education — $273 million to universities and $180 million to K-12. She then handed that money over to bail out, through tax cuts, big corporations and rich CEOs, not middle-class families.
“The proof that Gov. Brewer supports education is in the pudding. Gimmicks and websites don't make up for cuts that increase class sizes, eliminate access to books and technology and limit access to full-day Kindergarten. As a former teacher and current mother of children who attend our public schools, I know how much those tools mean to our kids’ future and so do Arizonans.”
Brewer’s website timeline – What have these websites done to create jobs and fund education?
- Jan. 24, 2011: Brewer unveiled a “Schools Choice” website – www.arizonaschoolchoice.com
- June 16, 2010: She launched “Keep AZ Safe” – a border security online donation site – http://www.keepazsafe.com/
- March 18, 2009: Brewer launched a federal stimulus website – www.azrecovery.gov
- March 2, 2009: She launched a faith-based/charity organization website as a solution to offset her own budget cuts: www.arizonaserves.gov.
The court said that in 2010, the Republican-controlled legislature and Brewer had no power to pass and sign HB 2012, a bill that eliminated the local transportation assistance fund, but they did anyway. Nearly $34 million a year was taken from the fund, a total of $51 million since 2010, but Arizonans will soon see transit funded again.
“This money will go to work right away to create jobs for those working in public transit as well as restoring access to jobs for those who depend on public transit to get to work,” said Assistant House Minority Leader Steve Farley. “It also reduces congestion and pollution for all of us. Democrats have fought to preserve these investments and it is gratifying that the judge agreed so completely with a summary judgment on the same day as oral arguments.”
Public interest attorney Joy Herr Cardillo of
The transportation fund is part of a state implementation plan, as required by the Clean Air Act, to meet the national ambient air quality standards.
The court ruling only applies to
“We now need to restore the transportation funding to the entire state so that all those who depend on transit, from seniors to Arizonans with disabilities, can once again gain access to doctor appointments, grocery stores and workplaces,” said Rep. Lynne Pancrazi, D-Yuma (District 24).
See copy of the court ruling attached.
Brewer’s sweet deal for Cardon includes: a $300,000 salary that can be increased but not decreased, a $50,000 signing bonus, a target bonus of 25 percent, a $1,000-a-month vehicle allowance, six weeks of paid time off a year and $30,000 in supplemental allowance.
“At a time when Republicans have fired teachers, cut salaries and failed to create jobs with the new Commerce Authority, Gov. Brewer is giving a rich CEO a $120,000 raise,” said House Minority Leader Chad Campbell. “This is a direct slap in the face to taxpayers who are struggling to make ends meet. It’s time to hold Republicans in power in this state accountable for where they spend our tax dollars.”
Cardon got the salary boost and bonuses after he moved from the now defunct state Commerce Department where he already was making $183,000 per year. Cardon still hasn’t brought in new business and jobs in Arizona, but Brewer gave him a big raise anyway. Meanwhile, Arizona taxpayers have to pay more in sales taxes to offset Brewer’s massive cuts to education as children crowd into classrooms in a nearly impossible learning environment.
“Gov. Brewer got caught red handed on her insider deal and now it’s time to pay,” said Assistant House Minority Leader Steve Farley. “She should hand over the money to our struggling schools and our crumbling education system in Arizona.”
Lately, Brewer has been MIA from the media and the public, but House Democrats are calling on her to come out and take away her rich-CEO, sweetheart payout to Cardon and create teaching jobs at Arizona’s most broken schools.
“Gov. Brewer’s coddling of the super rich is a prime example of how she likes to run this state — first she kicks 280,000 struggling Arizonans off of health care, slashes school funding raises their taxes,” House Minority Whip Anna Tovar said. “Now she’s handing over their money to a rich CEO.”
“First, the actions of the Pima County Republicans are shocking, disrespectful and in poor taste at best. To raffle off the same brand of gun used to assault Congresswoman Giffords and kill and injure several others, including a 9-year-old girl, is unconscionable.
“Arizona is still healing from these wounds. If any good could have come out of this horrific event, it would be civility in our state or employing sensitivity when needed, not reopening the wounds or making light of them.
“I am gun owner myself, a supporter of the Second Amendment and I also believe in common sense. Their raffle is not common sense; it is sick, and the Pima County GOP should call off the raffle in respect for the Arizonans who died and were injured in the Tucson shooting. It’s time for all of us to check ourselves in mutual respect for one another so we can all work together to make our state stronger.”