Friday, March 01, 2013

Statement from Campbell on sequestration

Statement from Campbell on sequestration

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – House Minority Leader Chad Campbell, D-Phoenix (District 24), released the following statement on the series of automatic federal budget cuts that likely will take effect tonight.

“As a result of inaction by the extremist leadership in Congress, Arizona is facing drastic budget cuts that will jeopardize middle-class jobs, education and public safety in our state.  If sequestration is not stopped soon, Arizona stands to lose nearly $28 million for primary, secondary and special education this year. In Arizona, 70 schools would not get funding and about 360 teacher and aid positions would be at risk.

“Additionally, about 10,000 civilian Department of Defense employees would be furloughed in Arizona. Sequestration would cut $43 million from Arizona’s Army base operations, and Air Force operations in our state would be cut by about $6 million.  Law enforcement and public safety grants amounting to nearly $300,000 for crime prevention and prosecution also could be cut.

“These are just a handful of the negative affects sequestration could have on Arizona this year. There is no doubt that our nation’s deficit needs to be reduced but that should happen in a balanced way. Most Arizonans want Congress to put aside partisan politics and get the job done. Unfortunately, the extremist leadership in Congress appears to be more committed to creating obstructions than finding solutions. I am urging the members of Congress to work together so that we can help our economy grow and to provide resources for education and public safety.”

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