The Republican Budget

29 Jan 2009 10:55 pm
Posted by: Katie

I went to the budget hearing in Phoenix put on by the Democratic caucus tonight. It was great – the room was packed and lots of people were able to air their concerns about the proposed cuts in the REPUBLICAN BUDGET. I’m sure all of you reading this know that the proposals are bad. What you might not be aware of is that all of the REPUBLICAN BUDGET BILLS passed out of Appropriations in both the House and Senate today, and will go to the floor tomorrow. Not only will they gut education in our state, but they will also gut a lot of services that people depend on just to get by every day. Many people living with disabilities spoke about the assistance that will no longer be available that they now rely on to live productive lives. Some young adults who are aging out of the foster care system spoke about the services they received that have allowed them to be contributing adults. Without these services, kids in foster care will just turn 18, and then what? They don’t have any family support.

I applaud the Democrats for holding these hearings. Problem is, it’s sort of preaching to the choir. The D’s get the impact that these REPUBLICAN BUDGET CUTS will have on real people’s lives. Maybe the Republicans get it too, but they just don’t care. I don’t know – it’s hard to think otherwise when they aren’t willing to listen to the public about their concerns.

The REPUBLICAN BUDGET CUTS will gut Arizona. It’s not over yet. Go to www.azleg.gov and find your legislators and contact them. Tell them not to pass a budget that guts our state. And if they do, we have to let every voter in Arizona know that the situation we’re in right now is the result of 20 years of REPUBLICAN TAX CUTS, and that every tragedy that occurs because citizens aren’t able to get necessary services is the result of the REPUBLICAN BUDGET.

5 Comments

  1. Comment by Zelph on January 29, 2009 11:10 pm

    I heard you speak and you did a great job. Check out my post over at aznetroots.com

    How do we get the media to cover this stuff?

  2. Comment by J. D. Morrison on January 30, 2009 6:31 pm

    Tax cuts only benefit business or the wealthy as most Republicans fall into those categories. What has the last eight years of “tax cuts” by the Republicans done to bolster the economy? The VooDoo economics do not work because profits stay with business owners who beg for more tax cuts. Workers on the other hand spend most everything they earn on necessities of life, thereby driving the economy.

  3. Comment by Simon says: on January 30, 2009 9:15 pm

    It is kind of a puzzler. I think the majority leaders are concerned about being out flanked on the right now that they have no excuse in the executive. The moderate R departures along with the additions to the ranks of the far far right make the far far right the real power. It makes those like Barbra Leff the neo mods. What a world.

  4. Comment by Zelph on January 31, 2009 5:27 pm

    If the Dems don’t make hay out of this next election, they are complete fools.

  5. Comment by Andrea Ouse on February 4, 2009 8:35 am

    The Republican legislators will have a hard time justifying the devastation to our youth by balancing the budget on the back of our education system. This was an extremely short-sighted move. I hope that the students whose futures were compromised by cutting classes and whole programs realize this in the next election cycle. Youth votes! What will the Republicans do? All they will be able to brag about is a “balanced budget” and what they did TO Arizona citizens, not FOR them. Democrats can turn this disaster into an opportunity to rectify this travesty of responsibility.

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