Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Bring out the Budget Axe...Again

While state agencies are still determining what a 15 percent reduction does to services for the vulnerable populations, Governor Jan Brewer is calling for them to deliver documentation to her office showing an additional 20 percent cut to the FY 2009 budget fix.

Earlier today, Senate Democrats produced a list of other strategies that could be used instead of additional deep cuts and higher taxes.

"It is absolutely incredible that on the day we delivered a list of how $3.5 billion in strategies could be made to the state's budget without additional draconian cuts and increased taxes that the Governor would proceed to look at additional cuts," said Senate Democratic Leader Sen. Jorge Luis Garcia. "Arizonans have come out by the thousands to tell us how they don't want additional cuts, yet this is how the Governor's Office is proceeding."

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