Sen. Russell Pearce (R) said this during Republican Caucus on Monday:
"We want to make this process as transparent as possible," Sen. Russell Pearce said. "(But) we don't want 300 people signing up just to whine."
The Senate Democrats do not believe hearing from the public regarding how a proposed budget will affect their daily lives is "whining." In fact, we believe the opposite and have been hosting statewide hearings with House Democrats to hear from the public.
The next hearing will be on Thursday, Jan. 29, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, 1124 N. 3rd St., Phoenix, Ariz. 85004.
Legislative Democrats will also hold hearings in Yuma on Feb. 2, 7 to 9 p.m. at Arizona Western College, 2020 S. Ave. 8E, Yuma, Ariz., in the College Community Center, in Tucson on Feb. 4 (location to be announced) and in Flagstaff on Feb. 9 (location to be announced).