Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Campbell: ‘We’re past due on a budget and a vote on Medicaid expansion’


Campbell: ‘We’re past due on a budget and a vote on Medicaid expansion’

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Today marks the 100th day of the legislative session and Arizona House Minority Leader Chad Campbell, D-Phoenix (District 24), wants the Legislature to intensify efforts to pass a state budget and vote on Medicaid expansion.

“Today is the 100th day of the legislative session and we are no closer to passing a state budget now than we were on the first day. The state constitution requires the Legislature to do one thing – pass a budget. Unfortunately, partisan politics and ideology are pulling our state’s priorities off track. The people of Arizona deserve more from their elected officials. 

“House Democrats spent this session working on legislation that would create jobs, improve education and expand access to health care. In February, we proposed a budget that invests in mental health care, promotes school safety and eliminates wasteful spending by closing corporate tax loopholes. There is a lot of common ground between our proposal and the governor’s budget proposal. It provides an opportunity for us to set aside partisanship and work together to move Arizona forward.

“That opportunity has been wasted. Instead, some of the ideologues decided to spend their time fighting with the governor over Medicaid expansion. Expanding Medicaid would bring federal resources into the state. It would give hundreds of thousands of Arizonans access to health care and would create thousands of jobs. We need to pass Medicaid expansion sooner, not later.

“We’re past due on a budget and a vote on Medicaid expansion. We have no more time for political games.”

A copy of the House Democratic Budget can be found at http://www.azhousedemocrats.com/2013/02/house-democrats-release-budget-today.html.

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