Thursday, January 22, 2009

Legislative Democrats to Hold Statewide Budget Hearings

January 22, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Legislative Democrats to Hold Statewide Budget Hearings

STATE CAPITOL, Phoenix – Legislative Democrats invite members of the public to a series of budget hearings that will be held statewide. Members of the House and Senate Appropriations committees will be in attendance to hear citizens’ concerns of the drastic cuts in the state budget.

The first hearing will be held on Monday, Jan. 26 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Casa Grande Middle School District Conference Room, 300 W. McMurray Blvd., Casa Grande, Ariz.

“Our communities are facing draconian cuts outlined in the Republican budget proposals, but they were not given a voice at the State Capitol,” said Sen. Rebecca Rios, D-Apache Junction, Assistant Democratic Leader. "We are holding these hearings to provide more transparency in the process and to hear directly from the public how these cuts will affect their daily lives.”

“We want to hear what the people of Arizona have to say about budget cut options because these cuts will affect them the most,” said Rep. Barbara McGuire, D-Kearny. “Arizona’s children and middle class families are the backbone of our state. We also must not forget our veterans and our most vulnerable populations – the disabled and the elderly. How we treat our citizens is what will be said about us as a society.”

In the next few weeks, Legislative Democrats will also hold hearings in Phoenix, Tucson and Yuma. Dates and times will be released as they are available.

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Additional Media Contact:
Jeanette Tejeda de Gomez, Director of Communication, Senate Democratic Caucus
602-926-4477 – jtejedadegomez@azleg.gov

Sarah Muench, Public Information Officer, House of Representatives
602-926-3561 – smuench@azleg.gov

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