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Arizona bankrupt?

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  • Independent
    Ft.myers, FL
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    Arizona is cutting back on help to the poor because of government debt; I tried to copy/paste but my useless computer refuses to do so; may be Schmidt can help.
  • Liberal
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    Durham, NH
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    Morally or financially?Wink
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    It sounds like Arizona is just going along with the program, from the GOP. Cutting off all benefits to the poor is just "standard operating procedure" PLUS cutting off all the medical aid that should be available to all our crippled soldiers returning from battle in our multiple War Zones.

    Hey Dutch, it sounds like your computer is giving you a "sign"? Maybe the devil is in the details? taking over your computer : )
  • Liberal
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    Durham, NH
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    I'm praying for your computer at this very moment Dutch!

    As soon as I get an answer I'll let you know.
  • Independent
    Ft.myers, FL
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    pr Wrote: I'm praying for your computer at this very moment Dutch!

    As soon as I get an answer I'll let you know.
    Yes I saw a couple of "horns" sticking out of it; sorry I was mistaken, it were a couple of fries and an bunch of FL cockroaches sent from Mars by you know who.
  • Center Left Democrat
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    Flagstaff, AZ
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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 a year.

    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 additional $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 $52 million 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/
  • Independent
    Ft.myers, FL
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    that guy in Arizona Wrote: 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 a year.

    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 additional $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 $52 million 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/
    Guy, excellent piece; yes this Walker guy is exactly what this country needs; once in place ( do not hope so) he'll love the Pentagon they are experts at wasting tax money
  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    that guy in Arizona Wrote: 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.
    It amazes me that a former solidly blue state like Wisconsin has veered so far to the right and allowed their governor to drive them so deep into the red that they are running a $2 billion dollar deficit.

    This just goes to show how powerful the Koch Brothers and other multi-billionaires are in determining how state governments are run.

    It's hard to believe that these red states cut money from education to increase prison budgets. Is housing nonviolent offenders more important for the welfare of a state than ensuing children get a proper education?! I sometimes wonder how Governor Ducey and other red state governors can look at themselves in the mirror and not recoil at the sight of themselves.
  • Liberal
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    Durham, NH
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    Unfortunately politics seems to attract some of the worst, most unsuitable people in society and they end up being "leaders & so called patriots" by default because of a lazy, under/miss-informed voters.
  • Center Left Democrat
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    Flagstaff, AZ
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    sadly, Arizona has changed from a democracy to a dictatorship, and Doug Ducey is now the unofficial "supreme ruler " of the state .. .naturally, he's has a lot of help from the Koch brothers, and a recent column in the Arizona Republic provides some of the pertinent details:

    http://www.azcentral.com/story/laurieroberts/2015/05/20/ducey-business-leaders-initiative/27661663/