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Lawmakers not playing with a full deck

Well, at least one state legislator finally got it right. Sen. John Nelson, a Republican from Litchfield Park, commenting on coping with the state budget debacle, was quoted in the Arizona Capitol Times saying, “It’s almost like playing poker and not playing with a full deck.”

Not a full deck, indeed.

It seems many of our illustrious elected officials have been holding the “King” and “Queen” of re-election cards so tightly in their fists for the last two months that they have failed to do “Jack” regarding the passage of a balanced budget. They have failed to recognize, again, that the only solution to our ever-growing deficit must involve both expense reductions and revenue enhancements. Of course, that’s understandable if you follow Grover Norquist’s lead as many of our legislators do.

Norquist, founder of Americans for Tax Reform, doesn’t live in Arizona. Those of us who do, however, are facing years of multi- billion dollar deficits and an ever-shrinking state economy.

- Lane M. Barker,
executive director of Devereux Arizona

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