Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Sen. Landrum Taylor to Host Rally Today at the State Capitol

STATE CAPITOL, Phoenix – Sen. Leah Landrum Taylor, faith leaders and concerned citizens will be holding “The Heat is On” rally tonight at the State Capitol to ask legislators to reject the cuts to the Department of Economic Services in the FY 2010 budget.

Date: Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Time: 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Location: Senate Lawn, State Capitol, 1700 W. Washington St., Phoenix, Ariz.

The Republican FY 2010 budget proposal passed by the Senate Appropriations committee last Wednesday makes $74 million in cuts to the Department of Economic Services, which is a 10.1% reduction in its general fund appropriation.

The majority of these cuts come in the form of an additional $39.4 million lump sum reduction and $23 million in cuts that are continued from the FY 2009 budget. Others include a $4.9 million cut to children’s support services and the addition of drug testing of recipients of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (75% of which are children).

Due to the cuts made in the FY 2009 budget, DES has already stated that it is may not investigate one-hundred percent of potential risk reports it receives. (https://egov.azdes.gov/cmsinternet/default.aspx?id=3460&menu=12)

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