STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – House Democratic Leader Eric Meyer, D-Paradise Valley (District 28), released the following statement in response to the budget that House Republicans passed:
“Through another chaotic budget process, House Democrats remained steadfast in their support for Arizona students and communities. Republicans have once again chosen to approve a budget with the wrong priorities. This budget’s second step for public K-12 education funding is not a step forward, and the only real winners are wealthy special interests like private prisons and Koch brother pet projects like the ‘economic freedom schools.’ House Democrats have been and will continue to be committed to increasing the state’s investment in public education.
“We will also continue to fight for sensible economic policies, and smart programs like restoring benefits for the state’s neediest families and KidsCare, which would provide health insurance for 30,000 Arizona children at no cost to the state. These have been Democratic priorities from day one because Arizonans deserve a state that will invest in them.”