Saturday, January 05, 2008
AZ GOP budget plan cuts deep & wide; Dem plan?
UPDATE, 1/9: Govs. budget fix plan supportable, Linda Valdez, AZR
PHOENIX -- Maricopa County Republicans state Sen. Bob Burns and Rep. Russell Pearce proposed big state budget cuts yesterday.
After a quick read, I possibly could support some of their recommended cuts, including:
international trade office, $700k
greater AZ development authority, $2M
new Yuma welcome center, $2.8M
Most of the other GOP cuts are questionable, and the slash to education, job and health programs is unacceptable.
I hope the Dems in the Legislature will also advance a budget plan soon.
At least now Arizona has two plans on the table. To protect the public-interest, Dems and the Governor will have to hang tough against the Republican hackers.