by David Safier
Brewer criticizes GOP lawmakers
BREAKING NEWS - Gov. Jan Brewer says her Republican colleagues at the Legislature should have known better when they pushed through deep budget cuts earlier this month that caused widespread job loss, crippled state health services and whacked popular education programs.
Brewer on Wednesday criticized GOP lawmakers who claim they didn't know the full extent of their spending plan and accused agency directors of intentionally making the most painful cuts in order to gain public sympathy.
The new governor said she was well aware of the grief that $1.6 billion worth of sweeps and cuts would cause when she signed the budget plan earlier this month.
"All of these options were clearly laid out beforehand," said Brewer, who attended a breakfast to kick off Nationa and Tribes Legislative Day at the state Capitol. "They should've looked at the book their appropriations chairmen gave them."
Trouble in paradise?