STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Senate Democratic Caucus leadership released the following statements on the Republican budget passed out of the Senate today.
Senate Democratic Leader Anna Tovar (District 19):
"Today Senate Republicans passed a partisan budget that fails to make critical investments in education, families and our economic future. These are investments that must be made and that can be made to move Arizona forward," said Sen. Tovar.
"Arizonans can no longer and should no longer settle for struggling schools that rank at the bottom nationally in funding and performance, or for a CPS that is in absolute turmoil and places our most vulnerable children at risk. We need a different path that leaves ideology behind and puts hard-working Arizonans first."
Senate Democratic Assistant Leader Lynne Pancrazi (District 4):
"There is no more important investment we can make for the future success of our state than education, but the partisan budget passed today does not adequately make that investment," said Sen. Pancrazi.
“We must ensure we can fully implement our new educational standards so that our children meet the challenges of the future and our teachers are prepared to help them succeed. And we must invest in higher education, including our innovative research universities that help bring top-flight industries to Arizona and make our state competitive in the global economy.”
Senate Democratic Whip Steve Gallardo (District 29):
"We knew from the first day of session that CPS was in trouble and the root causes of that department's exploding caseload needed to be addressed. The budget passed by Senate Republicans today does not accomplish that," said Sen. Gallardo.
"It falls short on adding needed caseworkers, on adoption services and on support services that help prevent abuse and neglect in the first place. And it is totally missing in action when it comes to daycare subsidies that allow parents to work and keep kids safe and healthy with their families. We can and must do more."