Tea Party Republicans launch assault on Arizona’s middle class
Pursue extreme partisan agenda instead of focusing on jobs, economy
STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – The Senate Democratic Caucus released the following statement on today’s attack on Arizona’s middle class by Tea Party Republicans.
Senate Minority Leader David Schapira, D-17:
“This is an ideological campaign by Tea Party Republicans who are bent on attacking Arizona's middle class. U.S. Commerce Department data shows employee pay has fallen to the smallest share of the economy since the government began collecting the data in 1929, while corporate profits have the largest share of the economy since then,” said Sen. Schapira. “Unbelievably, these Republicans think the best way to improve our economy is to give corporations unfunded tax cuts while they gut our kids' education, kick poor kids off healthcare and eliminate workers' rights. Right now, we should be doing everything we possibly can to help hard-working Arizonans get back on their feet, not kicking them while they're down.”
Senator Steve Gallardo, D-13:
“This isn't just an attack on the middle class, this is an attack on the people of Arizona. If these extremist bills pass, our first responders will no longer have a voice in how they do their jobs protecting us and every Arizona family will be less safe because of that," said Sen. Gallardo. "These bills are being pushed by Tea Party Republicans who think that big state government – like big Washington government – is better than local control."
Senator David Lujan, D-15:
“Firefighters, teachers, nurses and other public workers are hard-working professionals who want what’s best for our families and communities, and undermining them weakens the quality of our children’s education and the services that keep our communities safe,” said Sen. Lujan. “Instead of scapegoating hard-working Arizonans to further a partisan agenda, we need to focus on creating jobs and repairing our economy so it works for the 99% - not just the top 1%. It’s time to put extreme ideology aside and get to work doing what we were elected to do - create jobs and restore balance to our economy.”