Saturday, March 28, 2009
Pima Rs now complaining about cuts they voted for
TUCSON -- Legislative Republicans from Pima County continue to whine about harmful budget cuts they voted for, even if indirectly.
Pima County is now losing $3.8M in healthcare funding due to Republican votes to pass a horrid FY09 budget 'fix' in the middle of the night on Jan 30-31. I and all Democrats, and two GOP Senators from Maricopa County voted against these recklessly rushed and unnecessary cuts.
The Star has one-sided coverage today which lacks important perspective from Democrats who voted against the cuts and warned local Republicans about how these cuts would hurt people.
I appreciate the all of the sudden 'concern' of some local GOP legislators, but must question how sincere it is. If my friends Rep. Vic Williams (R-LD26), Sen. Jonathan Paton (R-LD30) and other Republican legislators want to blame someone for the drastic budget cuts now harming Arizona's middle class families, don't blame AHCCCS, just look in the mirror, and at the untrustworthy and callous Republican legislative leadership they've been bowing to.
If local Republicans want a fair and responsible Arizona budget to support, they should join forces with the Democrats.
UPDATE, 3/30: Sen. Paton contacted me saying he also raised concerns on a similar issue in 2005 with cuts under the Napolitano administration.