Saradnik lets go on S. Arizona Republican legislators

by David Safier

Lena Saradnik, who was the Democratic LD-26 Rep until she had to step aside for health reasons, is always outspoken, but she really lets fly in an Explorer guest column, Tucson-area Republicans failing test. Her subject isn't education cuts. It's the $22.5 million cuts to Science Foundation Arizona, which could cost Arizona $85 million in matching funds.

She blames three R's from this area — Antenori, Gowan and Stevens — for pushing the cuts. But she doesn't stop there.

Williams, she wrote, could have opposed the cuts in the House Appropriations Committee.

And as for Senators Melvin and Paton:

The 2009 budget bill (with the $22.5 cut to SFAz and education) passed in special session with only the minimum 16 Senate votes required for passage. Two Republican senators, Carolyn Allen and Jay Tibshraeny, had the courage and wisdom to oppose the budget. Only one more vote was needed to defeat it. Two votes could have been had if two Southern Arizona Sens. Al Melvin R-LD26 and Jonathan Paton R-LD30 had voted in their districts’ interests instead of marching in lock step with their Maricopa leadership’s ideology.

More importantly, Senator Melvin, as the powerful vice chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, could have saved the $22.5 for SFAz from being cut in committee, or if that effort failed, during the final vote in the Senate. Better yet, the more experienced Sen. Paton (eight years in the House) could have shown leadership and joined forces with Sen. Melvin and refused to vote for the budget if the cuts to SFAz remained in the bill. Instead, they voted with the Maricopa ideology and against the economic interests of Arizona.

The Southern Arizona tradition of independence is in trouble, she writes:

In the past, Southern Arizona has elected independent legislators who represent their districts and not mirror images of the Maricopa legislators. The past legislators valued public education. During their campaigns, this crop of newly elected senators and representatives vowed to do just that and be independent voices. They vowed to fight for public education and to represent their district’s interests. Clearly they have failed their first test.

0 responses to “Saradnik lets go on S. Arizona Republican legislators

  1. “”

    That’s a pretty hard report to take seriously when it argues that HIV doesn’t cause AIDS, cholesterol doesn’t cause heart disease, and that global warming is a myth.

    These are the same kind of nuts who believe in bigfoot and think the twin towers were a controlled implosion.

  2. Let me get this straight.. the argument being made above is that the Arizona government should appropriate (e.g. spend) $22.5 million dollars because the US government will pledge triple matching funds?

    If this is such a great organization couldn’t the feds just appropriate the $85 million dollars outright? Is there some research project that is just hanging for the want of exactly $22.5 million dollars? I realize that some people think that just because the words science or research are used (and it would be via government funds) that that closes the deal.

    No matter how slick the Science Foundation Arizona’s web site nor how impressive the staffs credentials appear the public tax money should not (especially during these especially trying times) be spent without regard to the people whose money is taken to pay for it.

    I find “But think of the unfunded research grant!” to be a particularly uncompelling plea when it comes to my (and others) taxes.