Budgets for State Leaders Spared Cuts 6/20/09

Proposed budgets from both Governor Brewer and House and Senate leadership spare operating costs while slashing millions from other governmental agencies. In fact, Governor Brewer’s budget proposal allows for a $600,000 increase.

Phoenix — Excerpt from Arizona Republic article by Mary Jo Pitzel
These leadership offices are among the few subdivisions of government not targeted for some sort of reduction as the state grapples with a fiscal 2010 deficit. Lawmakers estimate it at $3 billion; Brewer puts the number at $4 billion.
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House Appropriations Chairman John Kavanagh makes a similar argument for the House, saying that if legislative offices aren’t properly staffed, the state could be exposed to costly legal actions if errors are made.
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And, Pearce said, there’s an argument to be made for not cutting the legislative budgets, even as he and other lawmakers have insisted that the state’s dire fiscal straits mean cuts to state agencies are inevitable. “We’re responsible for everyone else,” he said. “In tough times, our work doubles, almost.”

Read the full Arizona Republic article by clicking State leaders spare themselves from painful budget trimming.

Other related articles:

Brewer budget includes tax hikes, spending cuts – Arizona Republic 6/01/09
Dem budget plan bridges gap between GOP, Brewer – Arizona Republic 5/29/09
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2 Responses to “Budgets for State Leaders Spared Cuts 6/20/09”

  1. Ellis G. says:

    This is really just unbelievable. These lawmakers are so out of touch with how dire the consequences will be with the proposed budget cuts, and yet they see the value of not cutting their own offices? Their work “almost” doubles in tough times. I’m sorry, but there are not many businesses out there where the employees haven’t been doing the work of 2-3 employees already…and they are just lucky to HAVE a job! They are attempting to balance the budget on the most vulnerable of Arizona’s citizens, with potentially disastrous and life altering consequences, not to mention economically unsound repercussions. Seriously, Arizona would be better off if the state legislature would simply shut themselves down.

  2. AZMama says:

    “In tough times, our work almost doubles.” Yep. And so too does it double for those services trying to pull together to save at-risk families and youth. Work doubles for teachers, as class sizes double and teachers get pink-slipped. What is doubling is the number of tax cuts being nicely packaged for those large c-corp companies, like SRP and Cox. This isn’t compassionate stewardship of our state. This is corporate and special interest profiteering.

    Do you feel the rumble under your feet? That’s the founders of our state rolling over in their graves.

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