Wednesday, November 25, 2009

How Not to Celebrate Thanksgiving

“We know that very difficult budget cuts are necessary, yet we still contend that they need to be attached to a comprehensive budget plan that addresses revenue for the state’s future,” said Senate Democratic Leader Jorge Luis Garcia. “Given the incredible amount of pain these cuts cause to children and families, we are appalled to hear how gleeful the Governor was in announcing them.”

Monday, Governor Brewer said, “Since I’ve become Governor, we’ve cut over $1 billion out of the state budget. So, we are going to have a great Thanksgiving.” Brewer goes on to say, “It’s a good day. It’s a good beginning to righting the ship here in Arizona.”

“We go into this Thanksgiving holiday with complete awareness of the seriousness of our state’s situation,” said Garcia. “Everyday, we hear stories of the tens of thousands of people who need assistance from the state because of the financial downturn. Cutting off services to the poor, developmentally disabled and children is not the way to celebrate Thanksgiving.”

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