Governor Brewer on State Budget Crisis


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 31, 2009

Statement by Governor Jan Brewer

Phoenix – “I want to thank the leadership and members of the Arizona Legislature for their hard work and diligence in promptly addressing one of the most difficult budget challenges in the history of the State of Arizona. They have answered the call, and they have done the people’s business.

“Make no mistake – the seeds of this significant budget crisis have been sown for many years, and thus the solutions are neither easy nor painless. In just over 5 years, spending in the state budget increased from approximately $6 billion to $10 billion. Last year, with most economic indicators suggesting significant economic downturn, a new state budget was built on the false hope of increasing state revenues. More shockingly, new discretionary spending was approved without realistic funding and the state’s rainy day fund was drained. This insatiable appetite for spending has left us with enormous challenges and few options.

“This is not a Republican or Democrat problem, it is a problem that all of us must confront with vigor and regardless of partisan affiliation. Additional fixes are very likely to be required for the fiscal year 2009 budget, and even more difficult decisions remain as we confront the realities of a $3.4 billion deficit for fiscal year 2010.

“We will be back working very hard next week to confront the adversity and to place our great State of Arizona back on the path to prosperity.”


Comments

  1. Yeah they wouldnt want to work to hard and to get something done over the weekend… They are all to worried about not being able to go to the FBR open and Jan Brewer wants to go to the superbowl….

    http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/2009/01/31/20090131statebudget0131.html

  2. A perfect time to prove the argument for conservative decision makers at the Capitol.

  3. Iris Lynch says:

    On the other hand, Napolitano spent days and weeks pummeling the budget into shapelessness. These folks got a lot done in a timely manner. Furthermore, they are realistic, not in a la-la land of what MIGHT be, but dealing with the very real aspects of our economy.

    I just wonder if Napolitano has forgotten to pay any taxes herself? It is proving to be an elected-Democrat peculiarity. Or just coincidental?

  4. Given that Secretary Napolitano was vetted and her nomination passed with nearly all Republican Senators voting for her, your suggestion that she might not have paid all her taxes is typically uninformed and ignorant.

  5. If Napolitano actually paid her taxes or didn’t do sleezy deals like Democrat Richardson, then that makes her unique among Obama’s cabinet picks.

    Being governor of a Republican state does have its advantages, even for Democrats.

  6. Iris Lynch says:

    RG, they were ALL vetted (sort of). And I don’t think I am ‘typically’ uniformed nor ignorant. I merely asked a couple of questions. Should I assume from your angry response that questions should not be asked? OOps, there I go again.

  7. TAX and Cut

    For a moment, put aside your party of affiliation and think a bit about what is really going on at all legislative levels within many of our state governments. First, the position of the general public is one that is constantly reminding all that they do not want to see cuts in education and many other areas that have been funded in all of our communities. There also are legislators that cannot and will not swallow a “temporary tax” increase and go on record as saying that more consideration given to wasteful spending. First, for those making such claims, data verifying that elimination of ALL wasteful spending will solve the problem is justifiable. Second, understanding the criterion of establishing those areas of wasteful programs needs establish and define a process for determining which programs are wasteful. There is a possibility that much of our wasteful spending could very well be in the areas that are of prime focus such as education.

    Many of our state legislators are using the serious situation of our budget constraints as political leverage designed for personal gain. Many in the general public are complaining about all of the programs that are being considered for cuts. This is a no win situation for the general population and our elected officials. The mandate of all elected officials is to execute the will of the general population separating ones special interests for those of the general population. With the public outcry regarding budget cuts and the legislative outcry regarding elimination of wasteful spending and proposed tax cuts, individuals need to recognize that both cannot be accommodated. This issue needs to be brought before the general population for a vote. If services are to remain, then those in the general population need to support those things needed to keep programs intact by voting for a tax increase or apposing a tax. This would allow the legislators to work in executing the mandates of the general population rather than those self centered interests that are political in nature. Jan Brewer had it correct in requesting a vote from the general public. Unfortunately, our legislators are not concerned in taking the right steps to resolve this problem. They have not seen the value of letting go of the political ping pong that is being played out by both parties and care more about their political ambitions and how they appear rather than executing the mandate of the people. A general vote would make clear the mandate of the general population.

    -Bob Black
    1920 West Desert Highlands Drive
    Oro valley, Arizona 85737
    520-544-8029
    LD26 Precinct Committeeman

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