Election results both in Arizona and nationwide showed that voters are sick and tired of extremist, partisan politics. They want common sense leaders who are focused on addressing the real issues they and their families face. Arizona House Democrats are committed to moving our economy forward and protecting the middle class — because that is what Arizonans told us they want.
The voters did indeed send a loud and clear message on Election Day.
Arizonans, like all Americans, are sick of partisan bickering, empty promises and double speak. Arizonans understand we face complicated issues and they want solutions, not rhetoric and partisanship. They certainly don’t want to hear politicians claiming victory while they and their families continue to struggle.
I am concerned that the Republican leadership here will continue with “more of the same:” more budget cuts to education, more tax breaks for the wealthy and special interests (but not for you), more backroom deals to swipe dedicated funds (like the mortgage settlement fund) to pay for their friends’ special interest pet projects (like private, for-profit prisons), and more failure at adopting a real plan for balancing Arizona’s budget and creating long-term economic stability for our state.
Republicans may call that “vision,” but I call it “negligence.”
The truth is massive tax breaks for the wealthy and corporations that passed in 2009 are starting to kick in. Combine those with the end of the temporary sales tax after this fiscal year, and the result is that Arizona is going to be facing a massive deficit once again. So what is the House speaker’s solution for this deficit? What about the governor’s solution? Is it more cuts to schools and short-term gimmicks like stealing money from one program to pay for another? Or do they actually have a long-term plan for Arizona?
We need innovative, responsible policies to move our state forward.
The House Democratic Caucus will be offering solutions focused on long- term stability and growth for Arizona. I hope that the governor, the GOP leadership in the Legislature and other leaders from across Arizona will join me in this effort. We can’t afford anything less.
— Rep. Chad Campbell, a Phoenix Democrat from District 24, is the House minority leader.