Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Phoenix Families Torn by State Budget Cuts

Arizona State Senate
1700 W. Washington St., Phoenix, AZ 85007
Senator Leah Landrum Taylor, D-16
(602) 926-5864

February 18, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Phoenix Families Torn by State Budget Cuts

STATE CAPITOL, Phoenix – Sen. Leah Landrum Taylor will be holding a press conference to put faces to the Fiscal Year 2009 budget cuts passed by the Republican Majority at the Arizona Legislature.

Date: Friday, Feb. 20
Time: Noon
Location: Senate Lawn, 1700 W. Washington St., Phoenix, Ariz.

The cuts to the Healthy Family and Choices contracts caused many organizations, such as Child and Family Resources to layoff staff.

“These programs are necessary to the stability of our community, especially during an economic crisis when families need the most support,” said Sen. Landrum Taylor. “There were so many other options instead of decimating our communities. People are tired of this state deficit being used as a ploy to reduce government and eliminate the safety nets people rely upon in a devastating economic time.”

Families will be on hand to describe what the cuts will mean to them and their children.

Republican Leadership pushed the state budget proposal to a vote despite not understanding the impact it would have on Arizonans. One week after voting for the FY 2009 budget, Senate President Bob Burns (R-Peoria) proclaimed, "We don't have the staff to evaluate what just went out the door.”

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Additional Media Contact:

Jeanette Tejeda de Gomez, Director of Communication, Senate Democratic Caucus
602-926-4477 * jtejedadegomez@azleg.gov

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