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85% of the state's budget goes to education or welfare. The state has a 20% deficit. If we closed all prisons, released all prisoners and shut down all other state agencies, we would still have a deficit.
I understand why these people would like to stop the cuts too the welfare programs, but I also notice they did not suggest an alternative. How much additional tax are they willing to pay so the state can maintain the current level of spending? If they aren't willing to pay additional tax, then which education programs do they want to cut?Jan 27, 2011
85% of the state's budget goes to some form of education or welfare, 10% goes to prisons and 5% goes to everything else.
When you have a 20% deficit, and you refuse to try to raise more funds through taxes, then your only options are to cut expenditures.
If we closed the prisions, released all the prisoners and shut down every other aspect of state operations, we would still have a deficit.
The cuts have to come from where the money is spent (remember, 85% goes to education or welfare) no matter how foolish this is in the long run.Jan 24, 2011
Out of curiosity, I read the Washington Post Article. They had the same quote from Bender saying the statute does not apply to elected federal positions; they had a quote from Brewer's chief of staff (Paul Senseman) saying it is entirely inappropriate to speculate.
Sounds to me like the media, the Washington Post in this case, is once again using rampant deception to generate revenue with either no verification or ignoring the verified version because they did not like the trurth. Jan 17, 2011
david flucier - I agree that we continue down a self destructive path and that it is the result of at least 2 decades of very poor decisions. But the voters have spoken and elected representatives who believe the obly solution is "cut, cut and cut some more;. I;m just not convinced these voters realize what is going to be cut and the impact it will have on our state's future.
By the way, when I say 'education', I include all education related expenditures - K-12, Universities, Community Colleges and school facilities.Jan 17, 2011
When you look at the current operating budget, the hard choices become even clearer.
58% of the AZ budget is spent on education (including colleges).
27% is spent on support programs (AHCCCS, unemploymeny, child welfare)
10% is spent on Corrections (prisons)
Together, that's 95% of the state's budget.
All other state agencies, pensions, etc, etc make up only 5% of the state operating budget.
The shortfall is at least 15%, up to 20%, of the current state budget.
Even if they shut down "all other" agencies, laid off those employees, eliminated all pensions, etc, etc, they would only save 5%, which would leave a shortfall of at least 10%.
Our legislature is adamant that they will not consider a tax increase to generate more revenue.
They need to cut the education and welfare funds because those are the only expenditures large enough to make a difference.Jan 15, 2011
The redistricting committee will have 5 members - 2 picked by republican majority, 2 picked by democratic minority, 5th picked by consensus of Rep & Dem. The democratic candidates come from diverse areas. 9 of the Republican candidates come from Maricopa county, 1 from Tucson. The law says you can't have 2 committee members from the same county, so by default only democratic candidates remain after the 2 republicans are picked. Bottom line: republican leadership (read: Pearce and Adams) messed up and they are now using public funds to cover up/sue for a "do over". So much for fiscal responsibility....Jan 1, 2011