Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Sen. Rios on the Governor's State of the State Address

Republicans have been in charge for the last 40 years. This devastating economic situation came under their watch and the Republican majority is taking Arizona down the wrong track.

Arizona needs leadership now. We need a Governor who is willing to work with Democrats on a bipartisan solution.

We need to focus on what is important to Arizona families—quality jobs, a better educational system, affordable healthcare and the safety of our families.

And the people of Arizona need to be able to rely on their elected officials to keep their promises. The Governor has not kept her promises.

While stating that we need to create jobs, Governor Brewer and the Republicans have eliminated over 4,000 state jobs and countless more in the private sector.

Last year the Governor promised not to decimate education, but she signed onto one of the largest cuts to education in Arizona history. And, in her speech today, she offered more cuts.

Last year the Governor said she would protect the most vulnerable, but cut vital programs their health care. Today she promised to cut another 300,000 Arizonans from their healthcare.

We need more than the just political rhetoric. We need real leadership and the Republicans and the Governor are not providing it.

Arizonans are demanding better and deserve better.

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