Wednesday, August 08, 2012
By Arizona House Democrats at 11:00 AM
Additionally, it would have put a stop to budget sweeps -- including the $50 million sweep of the mortgage-settlement fund. This money was supposed to help families devastated by the foreclosure crisis keep their homes. Instead, "tea party" Republicans raided that money for the general fund so they could use it to pay for things like a private, for-profit prison expansion.
Tobin's claims about Democratic opposition to funding of numerous programs are laughable. Our budget proposal provided more funding to schools, programs for the seriously mentally ill, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, tourism, job-training programs, the Department of Public Safety and other important programs. It left money in the bank so we could be prepared for uncertain economic times.
We voted against his budget because it didn't do enough to turn Arizona around.