FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 30, 2009
ARIZONANS IN ACTION BEGINS PETITION DRIVE DEMANDING BREWER RESCIND NAPOLITANO “UNION BOSS PAYOFF” ORDER
“Governor Brewer now has the responsibility and the obligation to the taxpayers of Arizona to immediately repeal this payoff to the unions. By rescinding this order, Governor Brewer will restore honor and integrity to the office of governor, protect the rights of state workers, and preserve the voice of the taxpayers.” — Nathan Nascimento, Executive Director of Arizonans In Action.
Phoenix, AZ – Arizonans In Action (AIA) Executive Director Nathan Nascimento today announced an online petition demanding that Governor Brewer rescind the Napolitano executive order awarding public employees “meet and confer” privileges with government agencies.
Nascimento called the order “nothing more than a political pay-off by Napolitano to union bosses.” He added, “It’s pay to play at its worst — all on the running tab of the taxpayer.”
In a study released earlier this month, Nascimento revealed a 10-year summary of public employee union contributions to the Arizona Democratic Party. The study showed that union contributions rose from under $75,000 to more than $1 million over the past decade, with most of the increase coming after Governor Janet Napolitano took office.
“Napolitano’s move was simply a ‘pay to play’ reward to the special interests and unions for their loyalty to the Democratic Party during her tenure as governor. They paid in, she paid out. It’s that simple. Arizonans will not stand by and watch their public employees sold to the highest bidder,” said Nascimento.
He continued, “Not only did she allow for unions to get a foothold in state government and become a drain on the taxpayers, Napolitano circumvented the legislature and betrayed the taxpayers who have already spoken on this issue through their legislators.”
Arizonans In Action, in response, started the online petition to Governor Jan Brewer demanding that she rescind the Napolitano order.
“Governor Brewer now has the responsibility and the obligation to the taxpayers of Arizona to immediately repeal this payoff to the unions. By rescinding this order, Governor Brewer will restore honor and integrity to the office of governor, protect the rights of state workers, and preserve the voice of the taxpayers,” said Nascimento.
The petition can be found on the Arizonans In Action website. Arizonans In Action indicated that the responses will be delivered to Governor Brewer’s office.
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Arizonans In Action is a 501c4 organization focused on the principles of limited government, protecting private property rights, government accountability and transparency, and true education reform.