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pr is correct, at least to a degree.
Arizona is both morally AND financially bankrupt.
About the time the legislature passed its irresponsible budget, at the end of March, Arizona's projected deficit for the current fiscal year (which ends July 1) was estimated to be $500 million. However, according to this morning's edition of my local Flagstaff paper, the deficit is now estimated to be $1 billion.
Limiting welfare recipients to only one year of benefits (the shortest in the country) will save the state a whopping $4 million
In spite of its looming deficit, though, the governor is still determined to let the latest round of business tax cuts to take effect on July 1. Those additional tax cuts will cost the state an additiona
l $100 million a year, almost exactly the same amount that the state CUT from higher education funding. Over the last 5 years, Arizona has cut $500 million
from higher education funding, the largest cut in the nation, but somehow managed to INCREASE prison funding by $5
in its latest budget (the Corrections Corporation of America is one of the THREE private prison companies that run prisons in the state).http://www.azcentral.com/story/laurieroberts/2015/05/19/tanf-benefits-cut-in-arizona/27610523/
In addition, the latest lawsuit against Sheriff Joe Arpaio will cost the taxpayers approximately $45 million,
and the state still plans to spend $800,000 for remodeling at the Capitol to replace year old carpeting etc.
Governor Ducey, who has attended several Koch brothers conferences, still is adamantly opposed to any tax increases
As bad as Arizona is, though, it's not quite as bad as Wisconsin
, which cut $300 million from higher education just this year. The "cheese heads" in the legislature also voted this week to prevent food stamp recipients from buying luxury items like potatoes and ketchup with their SNAP benefits. .
Wisconsin's 2 year budget deficit is now estimated to be $2 billion
- but Charles Koch thinks that Scott Walker would make a fine President.http://www.postcrescent.com/story/news/2015/01/24/wisconsins-year-budget-hole-forecast-billion/22269873/