House Dem Leader Bolding on Failed GOP "Skinny' Budget: We Can't Leave Schools Behind
PHOENIX – House Democratic Leader Reginald Bolding released the following statement after a proposed Republican "skinny" budget plan failed in the House Appropriations Committee earlier today. The plan, which drew bi-partisan opposition, was pushed by Appropriations Chair Regina Cobb and would have merely continued last year's spending levels despite a $5 billion surplus and in the face of chronically underfunded schools, growing housing insecurity, ongoing drought, and crumbling infrastructure. The GOP budget also used an outdated revenue projection to obscure the true size of the revenue surplus.
"Our state has incredibly difficult ongoing challenges that Arizonans want us to fix right now, most importantly our underfunded public schools, growing housing insecurity, and a social safety net stressed to its limits by the pandemic. The good news is we have a $5 billion surplus that can make a profound difference. We can't leave our schools behind once again. Today's failure of a so-called skinny budget – which leaves that surplus on the table and addresses none of our state's pressing issues – should send a clear message. It's time to get to work on a true bi-partisan budget that addresses our state's most pressing needs while we have the resources to act, and which includes the voices of all Arizona communities. Our Democratic caucus stands ready to get to work."