Arizonans In Action to Governor: Rescind the Order!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MARCH 23, 2009

AIA REMINDS GOVERNOR OF OBLIGATION TO TAXPAYERS; RESCIND THE ORDER! THE TIME FOR A DECISION AND ACTION HAVE COME

Phoenix, AZ – Arizonans In Action (AIA) Executive Director Nathan Nascimento today reminded Governor Brewer that the waiting period to make a decision on the Napolitano executive order is drawing to a close.

In December, former Governor Napolitano issued the executive order allowing for a “meet and confer” status with executive level public employees. Governor Brewer, upon taking office, placed a freeze on hiring and the implementation of workplace regulations until the budget fix of 2009 and the budget of 2010 were addressed.

“Governor Brewer put this issue on the backburner until the end of April. The timeline that she set is now drawing to a close and she will soon need to make a decision — either stand with the taxpayers that are demanding that this union payoff executive order be rescinded or follow the same path as Napolitano by selling out the taxpayers for political favor,” said Nascimento.

“This move by Napolitano back in December was clearly a payoff to the union bosses for their money, loyalty, and muscle during her tenure. Clearly this is pay to play politics at its worst and the taxpayers are the victims,” continued Nascimento. Arizonans In Action released a study in January showing the political contributions from two public employee unions to the Arizona Democrat Party. The results can be found on the AIA website.

In February, Arizonans In Action began an online petition to Governor Brewer calling on her to rescind the order. The petition can be viewed here.

“We have heard from taxpayers from across the state voicing their concern about the Napolitano executive order and wanting to know what Governor Brewer is going to do about it. People are upset. Governor Brewer has the opportunity to restore honor and integrity back to the office of governor, protect the rights of state workers, and the preserve the voice of the taxpayers,” said Nascimento.


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