Monday, March 08, 2010

Rs push phony budget from behind closed doors

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UPDATE, Fri. Mar 12: GOP votes to push Arizona further down the wrong track

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX -- Jan Brewer and her fellow Republicans are working behind closed doors away from the public to produce their own partisan and phony budget that only pushes Arizona farther down the wrong track.

After failing to even begin work on the budget after declaring last week “budget week” and after a year of unsuccessful attempts to solve the budget, Republicans will try again this week in a special session with their wrong-track and phony budget plans.

“It sounds a little bit too familiar — it’s the same failed leadership and the same failed budget process,” House Democratic Leader David Lujan. For example, Republicans want to take health care away from 417,000 people, something voters already approved in Proposition 204.

“Voter-passed initiatives like these are protected by the state constitution, and cutting hundreds of thousands of people from health care will only trigger a lawsuit, award health care back to Arizonans and ultimately will save the state nothing,” said House Democratic Whip Chad Campbell. “This is just another phony attempt at cutting more from the budget, when in reality it will yield no results and only take away health care from kids, seniors and adults.”

Arizonans can see the same failed leadership in the way Republicans are handling the budget.

“All last year and this year, Republicans lied to the public, telling them that they would act in a transparent way in dealing with the budget,” House Democratic Policy Leader Steve Farley said. “Instead, they continue to craft a budget behind closed doors and are deciding the fate Arizona’s schoolchildren, their teachers and thousands of jobs. It’s time for a change.”

Lujan said. “Once again, Republicans failed to do what they said they were going to do — work on the budget. Meanwhile, Arizona is still on the wrong track.”

- adapted from House Dems PIO

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