Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Legislative Democrats to discuss budget impact on Native Americans

Legislative Democrats to discuss budget impact on Native Americans

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Rep. Chris Deschene, D-St. Michaels (District 2) and Sen. Albert Hale, D-Klagetoh (District 2), along with tribal leaders and members will discuss on Wednesday how the deep cuts to the state budget are severely impacting Native American populations in Arizona.

“These cuts, which specifically have impacted education, health care and other programs, have severely cut off Native Americans in Arizona from their economic lifeline, future and well-being,” Deschene said. “Legislators and the public need to know the impacts of these deep cuts so the same mistake isn’t made in the 2010 budget.”

"There are other options available," Hale said. "Additional funding cuts set back programs by a number of years and more importantly deny funding of programs critical to our youth, disabled and seniors. We are in this situation together. We have to find solutions together."

When: Wednesday, Feb. 25, 12:15 p.m.
Where: Capitol Rose Garden, NORTH of the old Capitol building, WEST of the House


Sarah Muench
Public Information Officer
Arizona State Legislature, House Democratic Caucus
(602) 926-5848

Jeanette Tejeda de Gomez
Director of Communication/ Policy Advisor Senate Democratic Caucus

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