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End of GOP budget fight? Seriously? (access required)

For the first time in at least six years, the annual release of budget plans by the Arizona Legislature and the governor didn't result in bickering. Of course, it helps that the legislative Republican majority didn't put out anything even closely resembling a budget plan this year.

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  1. Call your governor.

    Talk to your governor BEFORE the vote tomorrow! The fact is – this bill requires an expansion of the Medicaid program and has unfunded liabilities passed on the state. Meaning – every state will pay a huge portion of the new bill – and governors need to be finding those monies – at a time when most states are running a deficit.

    ASK your governor how much Arizona will need to meet the requirements of the bill. Remember – the immigration reform is right behind this bill…ask the governor how much will be needed to fund this initiative.

    Shame on your Representatives – who would vote on a bill that cuts 500 BILLION from Medicare – then uses the money to fund an entitlement program for the YOUNG and HEALTHY.

    VOTE THEM OUT! GIVE THEM A CHANCE TO REDEEM THEMSELVES TOMORROW WITH A “NO” VOTE….but let them know that a YES vote is a vote OUT.

    If they have been promised a job in the Obama administration, this warning came from an OK Rep.:

    In response to Democrats risking that they lose their seat in November as a result of switching to a YES vote, Representative Coburn sent this message:

    SEN. TOM COBURN (R), OKLAHOMA: I want to send a couple of messages to my colleagues in the House.

    If you voted no and you vote yes, and you lose your election, and you think any nomination to a federal position isn’t going to be held in the Senate, I’ve got news for you. It’s going to be held.

    Number two is, if you get a deal, a parochial deal for you or your district, I’ve already instructed my staff and the staff of seven other senators that we will look at every appropriations bill, at every level, at every instance, and we will outline it by district, and we will associate that with the buying of your vote. So, if you think you can cut a deal now, and it not come out until after the election, I want to tell you that isn’t going to happen. And be prepared to defend selling your vote in the House.

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