Campbell: Republicans pass budget that ignores priorities of Arizonans
STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – House Minority Leader Chad Campbell, D-Phoenix (District 24), released this statement about the budget Arizona House Republicans passed late Thursday night:
“House Democrats offered a budget proposal that promoted the priorities of the people of Arizona. Our plan focused on three main goals – it funded job creation, education and child safety. Our budget proposal was balanced and it included: $103 million for K-12 public education, $93 million for higher education, $400 million for the Highway User Revenue Fund over five years and $193 million for child and family safety.
“It was a substantive plan that would help get Arizona back on track. Instead of this common-sense budget, the Republicans in the House of Representatives passed a budget that neglects the needs of our state’s schools and families.
“The Republican budget prioritized money for private prisons while underfunding education and infrastructure development. It also ignored critical services including child care subsidies and domestic violence and hunger prevention. On top of that, their budget projections leave Arizona in a deficient in only a few years.
“It is unfortunate that partisanship prevailed tonight at the expense of Arizona families. Our state deserves better.”