Thursday, June 13, 2013

Bipartisan budget balances needs of AZ with fiscal responsibility


STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Senate Democratic leaders released the following statements on the adoption of a state budget during the Fifty First Legislature, First Special Session:

Senator Leah Landrum Taylor (District 27), Senate Democratic Leader:
“This budget is a result of bipartisan collaboration and represents a delicate balance between the needs of Arizonans and the resources available to the state. It reflects priorities that will encourage our economy's improvement, protect vulnerable adults and children and help our schools to begin recovering from the $2.9 billion in cuts they've seen over the past few years,” said Sen. Landrum Taylor.

“Including the expansion of AHCCCS in this budget is the responsible decision for Arizona, both fiscally and morally. Hundreds of thousands of low-income Arizonans will soon qualify for healthcare and we will see billions of our hard-earned federal tax dollars return to our state.

“Today we did what's right for the people of Arizona and for the future of our state.”
Senator Linda Lopez (District 2), Assistant Democratic Leader:
“The vulnerable children of Arizona have suffered long enough. Today we dedicated $64.4 million in new funding for Child Protective Services to provide supportive and preventative services and more case workers to make sure our children are safe,” said Sen. Lopez.

“We must do everything in our power to ensure our kids are living in safe conditions and stay with their families. Protecting them is protecting the future of Arizona.”
Senator Anna Tovar (District 19), Senate Democratic Whip:
“The budget passed today invests $116 million in our kids' schools and $31.7 million for our universities. While that is just a drop in the bucket compared to the cuts they have suffered, it's an important step toward seeing our education system improve and succeed,” said Sen. Tovar.

“We have always stood for finding common-sense solutions to the challenges facing our state and today we delivered on that promise by working across the aisle with fellow legislators and the governor's office and by standing up for the people of Arizona.”

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