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We Are Better than This…Way, Way Better than This Budget

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We agree with the state budget viewpoint in Saturday’s paper by the former directors of three Catholic Charities and endorse the call for a reconsideration of the state budget.

The legislative process of pushing through a state budget in the dark of night and devoid of citizen input or even time for evaluation by legislators does not serve our state well. A state budget and the options for revenue are tools to address the state’s economic and social goals for a strong state future. We support the need for a true budget dialogue exploring “alternative economic approaches to provide for economic opportunity for all and jobs with living wages, for educational opportunities for all, and for an adequate safety net for those in peril.”

Furthermore, it is time, Arizonans understand the real budget crisis is not because of the recession but is a result of a concerted and systematic process by the legislature to divert tax revenue from the general fund. This process leaves our state at a loss to meet its obligations as required by our state Constitution. Each one of us (young and older, richer and poorer, more highly educated and less well educated) have a responsibility for contributing to a strong and vital state. The current budget fails to serve that process or responsibility. Lets’ reconsider the state budget and our budget priorities. Robyn Prud’homme-Bauer, President of the League of Women Voters of Arizona Jane Adrian, President of the American Association of University Women of Arizona.

Robyn Prud’homme-Bauer, President of the League of Women Voters of Arizona 

Jane Adrian, President of the American Association of University Women of Arizona

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Letter to the Editor RE: Response to “The Moral Shortfall“, Arizona Republic, March 21, 2015

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