Monday, May 03, 2010

After 2 years, Rs still forcing AZ down wrong track

Dump Brewer in Nov. Vote Goddard & Democratic.

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX -- Two years after Arizona entered a recession and after Gov. Jan Brewer took office with a Republican legislative majority, Arizona is still on the wrong track, House Democrats said.

Republicans eagerly made massive cuts to jobs, education, health care, public safety and state parks and succeed in destroying the state.

"Arizona is suffering and adrift after 44 years of Republican rule at the capitol," said Representative Daniel Patterson of Tucson's district 29. "People need jobs, a better economy and quality of life, not the divisive, harmful and embarrassingly reckless policies forced on us by the out-of-touch GOP. Arizona needs a change for the better."

This year, Republicans and Brewer:
• Cut 400,000 people off of health care, causing emergency rooms to overflow even more.
• Cut another $765 million from K-12 education on top of the largest cut to education in state history last year, causing class sizes to grow larger, more teacher layoffs and businesses to not even consider moving to the state.
• Cut public safety jobs when we’re already missing police and firefighters from our neighborhoods.
• Closed the majority of state parks that bring vital tourism dollars to Arizona’s rural and small town communities.
• Failed to get Arizona back on track.

Too many Arizonans still are losing their jobs, and Arizona’s schools are under funded, but Republicans eagerly cut education, jobs and public safety. Big corporations and the rich aren’t paying their fair share in taxes, but Republicans continue to give away tax breaks to big corporations and the rich, while middle-class families pay for it. Republicans massively cut health care during tough economic times and now many Arizona families and children can’t afford to go to the doctor.

“It’s embarrassing to explain to people in and outside of Arizona that Republicans have destroyed our state,” said House Democratic Whip Chad Campbell. “Republicans have shoved Arizona down the wrong track. Republicans have failed to lead. Republicans have been in office too long. It’s time for a change.”

- adapted from House Dems PIO

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