PR: Governor Shuns Largest Stakeholder: Arizona Taxpayers

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Governor Shuns Largest Stakeholder: Arizona Taxpayers

Today’s meeting with “Budget Stakeholders” doesn’t include general public

Phoenix, AZ – Steve Voeller, president of the Arizona Free Enterprise Club, a pro-growth advocacy group, today questioned why Gov. Brewer didn’t notify the general public about her budget review meeting today until late Monday when the governor’s office sent out a press release.

The governor’s media advisory late Monday night announced a meeting with “stakeholders” to review the legislature’s FY2010 budget. The subject areas being discussed at the meeting include K-12 and higher education, health and human services, public safety, local governments, and transportation. The meeting is being portrayed as an opportunity to build support for her budget, which thus far has no legislative support.

“What’s clear is that the governor is still trying to generate support for her budget,” Voeller said. “And she’s trying to do it from people who feed off of government.”

“We have yet to find a lawmaker – Republican or Democrat – who supports the governor’s budget.”

The most glaring difference between the governor’s budget outline and the recently passed legislative budget is the fact that the legislature’s did not include a billion dollar-a-year tax increase as called for by Gov. Brewer.


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  1. thesnakeguy says

    After reading the letter, I have less respect for Randy Pullen.

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