by David Safier
Not to be outdone by Frank Antenori (see post below), Russell Pearce and Ron Gould proved they could go Rambo too.
Lawmakers did agree to remove a controversial provision which would have reduced state aid to cities immediately by $17 million to help keep the budget in balance. That occurred after lobbyists for cities said they were counting on the money and that such a cut would result in laying off police officers and firefighters.
That claim angered Sen. Russell Pearce, R-Mesa.
“I know better than that,” he said, saying city officials were purposely being alarmist. “I can tell you parks ought to close before you lay off police and fire.”
Right. Close the parks. That'll teach the little bastards for making Pearce give them back their lollipop.
“Gov. Brewer has proposed that the state Legislature use federal stimulus money dedicated to child care assistance to temporarily restore all or part of the former income eligibility levels,” the letter reads. And it promises to tell people they will get their subsidies back “if the Legislature acts on the governor’s proposal.”
“I don’t respond well to threats, I don’t respond well to blackmail,” said Sen. Ron Gould, R-Lake Havasu City. “And I don’t respond well to people waving letters that are going to my constituents if I don’t vote a particular way.”
"This is a windfall at a time when we can't afford a windfall," Pearce said.
This is what passes for wisdom with these guys. It's becoming a cliche, but it's still true: You can't make this stuff up.