Pearce’s budget proposal is up

By Craig McDermott, cross-posted from Random Musings

As he threatened/promised, Senate President Russell Pearce has put out a budget proposal and he plans to railroad it through tomorrow.  A special meeting of the Senate Appropriations Committee is scheduled for 9:30 a.m., with a Rules Committee session to follow immediately after.

I don't have time for a complete analysis tonight, but a glance through a couple of them…well, it's ugly.

Pearce's budget contains, from Rep. Steve Farley, via his emailed Farley Report:

–> Nearly $1.3 billion in cuts, including nearly $750 million to K-12 public education, $310 million to universities and community colleges, $70 million more from health and human services, child protective services, and elder protective services, and $40 million more spread out across all state departments.

–> Like the Governor, 280,000 people kicked off healthcare, including 5,200 seriously mentally ill.

–> Cash-poor counties will have to come up with $150,000,000 more to pay back to the general fund, and hundreds more millions in state shared revenues will be taken from our struggling cities — both these move will endanger local police and fire protection.

Here they are, and I'm linking to the bill summary page instead of my normal practice of linking to the bill text because while lege staff hasn't had time to put up a summary for each bill, they will do so eventually.  To see the actual text of the bills, click on the link, then on "show versions", and then on ".pdf" or "html," whichever you prefer -

SB1612, general appropriations 2011-2012

SB1613, 2011-2012; capital outlay

SB1614, 2011-2012; state budget procedures

SB1615, consolidation; state agencies

SB1616, revenue; 2011-2012; budget reconciliation

SB1617, K-12 education; 2011-2012; budget reconciliation

SB1618, higher education; 2011-2012; budget reconciliation

SB1619, health; 2011-2012; budget reconciliation

SB1620, welfare; 2011-2012; budget reconciliation

SB1621, criminal justice; 2011-2012; budget reconciliation

SB1622, general government; 2011-2012; budget reconciliation

SB1623, regulation; 2011-2012; budget reconciliation

SB1624, environment; 2011-2012; budget reconciliation

0 responses to “Pearce’s budget proposal is up

  1. Tell me how successful this strategy has been for moderate Republicans or “RINOS” as the wingnuts like to call them? And your one vote in your one district is going to make the difference? It’s all the voters who do not vote in primaries who are responsible – especially the independents who can’t be bothered to vote. Increasing voter turnout in primaries is the key.

  2. This may sound crazy, but I am almost to the point where I am thinking about switching to the Republican party here in Arizona. Here me out before dismissing my comment. As a registered Republican, I could at least make a difference in the Primaries by voting out some of these far-right crazies that end up winning the general election. Then in the general election I can vote for a Democratic candidate. What do you think? Maybe I’m I just tired and bitter having never voted for any political winner in this state

  3. He has big cuts in there, but he has not touched the many millions of dollars for the nice but not essential Arizona Historical Society. Why not? Because they are supporting the Governsors pet pork project, the Arizona Centennial Museum.