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Did you know that "Tupac" spelled backwards is "caput"?

Tupac is just as alive as Jan Brewer's tax increase plans!!! (http://www.tmz.com/2009/04/29/tupac-is-alive/)

Did they actually write "title wave?"

If not now, when? The time to cut spending is now. As a State Representative from District 11, I survived four years under the bait, switch, and spend leadership of Janet Napolitano. Now the state government is firmly in the hands of the adults and the voters are watching to see if we will ever do the right thing by them. Greg is right, new taxes are dead. Everything must be on the table, including education.

That being said, it is not going to be easy. Even my own Senator, Barbara Leff, has been slow to embrace the hard realities of our times. Senator Leff, who is a great Senator and outstanding Republican, wants some programs ‘held harmless’ in the budget process. I would hope that our elected representatives would carefully consider how long we will have to wait to be trusted if we fail this time.

Nice use of profanity and capitalization to illustrate the anger. Well done!

No, we don't have to fear the unions. Unlike the clowns to the west, we have wisely avoided forced unionism and collective bargaining and thus don't have state employees controlling state government. The Democrats in CA threw in with the unions and now they are reaping what they sowed.

Equalization of taxes - uh no. That would slap a huge tax increase on individual property owners - not exactly the thing you want to do in a tough economy - unless of course you are a liberal who thinks government knows better.

Don't be so tough on leadership. Don't you think if they could wave a wand and make this happen they would? They simply don't have enough votes for either competing proposal. I'm not defending them, but they don't want to be down there in the summer anymore than we want them down there.

Push expenses off to the feds? If only it was that simple.

Before you jump to unwarranted conclusions, I suggest you look at this:


Oh, forget it. Kut, Kooks, Kut. See at the next election.

Not a fan of the vulgarity but...the idea that at the same time cuts, sweeps, and gimmicks are balancing the budget there is actually going to be a special session to add more tax credits. Let's decrease revenues....now that's progress.

The average private school scholarship to the student is $2100. The state aid to public schools is $5200. That amounts to a $3100 savings to the state. Those savings don’t include the additional $4000 per student that is assessed locally from property taxes. It also doesn’t include state general fund money to the school facilities board for the construction of school buildings.

The real reason people oppose this tax credit has nothing to do with money.

Thanks, Senator. How about a tax credit for me for NOT sending my kids to public school? How about a cash grant for in-state students that go to a university out of state? How about a tax credit for starting a private university that can not only compete with ASU academically, but financially by ending the subsidy that has been keeping private colleges away?

Take a good look at the language of the Constitution, it's not the "free" education you legislators should worry about conforming to, it's the "as possible" part. And it's just not possible.

Sen. Gould is right about the savings to both the state and local districts. But even without that fact, rescuing the special-needs students so they can stay in the only schools that ever worked for them is budget-neutral, at worst. Since a $5 mil tax credit program will replace $5 mil in existing special-needs vouchers, the net budget impact could not possibly be more than zero.

Also, the legislation calls for the scholarships to be capped at only 90% of whatever the maximum state funding for that student would be for a district, or the actual tuition, whichever is less. So the state would save at least 10%, usually more.

The only people opposed to rescuing these vulnerable students are people who either don't completely understand the situation or those who shill for the teachers' unions. The truth is, the $5 mil critics are complaining about would equal only about $5 per Arizona public school student per year, or less than .0002% of all public education spending in Arizona.

Personally, I find it despicable that people would intentionally throw these kids under the bus just to gain power. That's all the criticism is really about.

Arizona and California are both going to default, and for the same reasons.

1. Voters directed spending without having been forced to provide funding, and each state's constitution prohibits elected officials from cutting such spending, and
2. Neither state is willing to raise taxes to pay for the voter-approved spending + jails + education + transportation + public safety + health care that the voters want/need.

The experiment in rank populism that was spending initiatives and 2/3rd majorities for tax increases is failing. Privatizing jails and education will be tried, and will help a little but there isn't enough money there to solve the problem.

PJ O'Rourke's Parliament of Whores' warning is coming to fruition - as in, 'in a democracy voters are whores who sell themselves to the highest bidder'.

Whether the bidder was a liberal promising a free lunch, or a conservative promising to cut taxes AND keep the streets safe and drivable, or a special interest group pimping an initiative to solve a problem for 'free', is irrelevant.

Kudos to the legislators who are actually going through this briar patch - there aren't many people in the world who would want that job right now (even with the fantastic pay); and the fact that reporters will slam you 15 years hence if you get a bit out of hand just makes it the worst job imaginable.

This session is costing taxpayers OVER $6,000 dollars per day for 400 Disabled Foster Children. While I support aid to those 400 children—I also support aid to ALL children with disabilities, health care to the poor, funding for food kitchens to the hungry and protection to children in abusive situations. All of these programs were cut by Republicans in the Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday.

The Arizona Supreme Court ruled the use of Public Funds to Private Education was Unconstitutional. So Republicans want to offer tax credits to allow 400 students to go to Private School at the Public’s expense. This during a tough budget year with so many more children needing and deserving the same protection.

Wednesday's Senate Appropriations budget bill includes non budget-related language that requires a teacher to repay a school district for the cost of a substitute teacher if the teacher engages in a lobbying activity during the school day. Senator Rebecca Rios (D - Pinal County) stated, "This is a case of no good deed going unpunished." She was referring to the 10,000 thousand teachers, school employees, parents, and citizens assembled on the lawn of the Arizona Capitol at 4:30 p.m. on March 4 to support funding cuts to public education. Hundreds of others have visited the Capitol using their earned and employer approved leave days to talk to legislators about the impact of proposed cuts to public education.

“Senator Rios attempted an amendment to remove this language that failed and the bill was passed with this and additional anti-teacher language on a party line votes in which Republicans prevailed. This provision is an attempt to limit the first amendment rights of teachers so the few legislators who are controlling the Republican caucus will not have to be accountable for their actions.”

“Anti-public education state legislators are growing tired of hearing from teachers and parents so they are trying to steal the rights of school employees. As an American citizen we have the right to freedom of speech and the right to assembly. These legislators can't take these rights away. It's unconstitutional!”

Please provide your data on how a special session running at the same time as regular session costs $6K as day.
The language you mentioned states that the taxpayers won't have to pay wages for union activities done during the school day. It is not right for taxpayers to have to pay teachers wages to march on the capitol.

The document Zelph references is interesting but when all is said and done voting no on those propositions was voting against taxes, more borrowing and assorted fund sweeps.

Who would pay for such an analysis? The memo certainly hints.. "interested parties".

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