Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Why won’t Tea Party legislators help struggling Arizonans?

Refuse to convene committee tasked with economic development and job creation

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Today, Senate Democrats attempted to engage the Senate Economic Development and Job Creation Committee in fulfilling its mission to help struggling Arizonans.

During floor session, Senator Steve Gallardo moved that SB1466 be moved to the Economic Development and Job Creation Committee to be heard. SB1466, which is Minority Leader David Schapira's bill to give preference to Arizona companies for government contracts, was assigned to the Commerce and Energy Committee and the Government Reform Committee. Double assigning a bill is typically done to increase the possibility that it will not advance.
Sen. Gallardo

On a party-line vote, Tea Party legislators voted down the motion.

Senator Steve Gallardo:
"We have a committee named Economic Development and Job Creation, which in theory would be tasked with finding ways to find exactly what the people of our state desperately need right now - jobs and a better economy," said Sen. Gallardo. "We have been elected by the citizens of our districts to come to the Capitol and work for them, not pander to special interests. The Tea Party leadership needs to realize their priorities are not Arizonan’s priorities and are doing nothing to get our state back on track."

Senate Democratic Leader David Schapira:
Sen. Schapira
"At a time when hard-working Arizonans are struggling to find work, keep their jobs and pay their bills, the Tea Party-controlled Senate is focused on attacking Arizona workers," said Sen. Schapira. "They are more interested in our state becoming the next Wisconsin-like battle cry for conservative extremists than helping us get back on our feet by creating jobs and improving our economy. Let's stand up for Arizona’s middle class and work together to find real solutions for the problems facing Arizona families."

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