STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Senate Democratic Leader Katie Hobbs released the following statement on today’s passage of the fiscal year 2016 budget.
“The budget passed today is not a document of sound fiscal policy crafted with the best interests of Arizona in mind. It is a ransom note to the people of Arizona, putting them on notice that there are no longer checks and balances in this state,” said Senator Hobbs.
“While we often disagreed with Governor Brewer, she ultimately served as a backstop to the worst elements of her party. With this budget, the ninth floor has demonstrated that they cannot be counted on to restrain the most extreme policies our state has ever seen.
“Arizona's Republican leaders have avoided making difficult fiscal decisions in this budget. Instead, they chose to pass that burden on to counties, cities, schools, universities, hospitals and ultimately on to the backs of middle class Arizona families and the poor.
“The damage done by this budget will echo for generations and hamper our economic competitiveness in the region.
“By ignoring the universal outrage from every corner of our state, ignoring the masses of parents and children protesting more cuts to their schools, and ignoring the painfully obvious detrimental impact this will have to our economy, Republican leaders have demonstrated their willful disregard for the people they have been elected to serve.
“The Legislature and the Governor should be above this. Our state deserves better.
“We believe that the people of Arizona are the only special interests that matter and we will continue to be their voice at the Capitol, fighting to protect our children, our schools and a prosperous future for everyone.”