Campbell: ‘We must protect the progress we made’
STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – House Minority Leader Chad Campbell, D-Phoenix (District 24), released this statement following the end of the legislative session.
“The 24 members of the House Democratic Caucus came to the Capitol ready to work. When the legislative session started in January, House Democrats promised to focus on promoting legislation that supports the priorities of the people. We listened when Arizonans told us that they wanted us to set aside the partisan bickering and work across the aisle to move Arizona forward.
“This year, House Democrats were instrumental in enacting a bipartisan, common-sense budget that supports job creation, funds education, promotes school safety and expands access to health care.
The budget we sent to the governor includes $116 million for schools to cover rising inflation costs, fund building renewal grants, as well as school safety and adult education programs. It has $31.7 million in higher education funding for parity and performance funding, the University of Arizona Medical School, rural community colleges and the Navajo Technical College. It also has $64.4 million for Child Protective Services and an additional $250,000 for the Mental Health First Aid program.
“Ensuring that Medicaid expansion was part of the budget was one of the most difficult political accomplishments in recent history. It took a lot of debate, a special session and bold action from the governor and a group of Republicans willing to set aside ideology to do what is right for Arizona. We were steadfast in our support of Medicaid expansion because we understand that it will help hundreds of thousands of Arizonans get access to health care, bring millions of dollars into our economy, benefit hospitals and create jobs.
“We took a big step in the right direction this session but there is still a lot to be done. During the interim we must protect the progress we made. When we return to the Capitol in January, we will pick up right where we left off – working to promote economic stability and helping middle-class families.”