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Responsible budget puts Arizona on right track

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Every election, it seems, politicians give lip service to the need for fiscal responsibility and a balanced budget. But once they are in office, they lack the courage and resolve to actually achieve one. It’s always politically more convenient to spend more than we take in, hide growing debt and liabilities through clever accounting tricks, and leave the consequences for someone else to clean up down the road.

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The real budget casualties – nearly 1 million public school students

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The state budget is approved, and many think the battle for public education is over for the year. This coming fall, with the implementation of this new budget, we will reach a crisis with one-half of Arizona’s school children having never attended a classroom fully funded as the voters mandated with the passing of Proposition 301 in 2000.

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MIHS board members bring health system to brink of financial disaster

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Just over 2 years ago, three newly elected board-members took control of the Maricopa County Special Healthcare District. Once Mary Harden, Mark Dewane and Terence McMahon were seated, we saw what was in store for the citizens of Maricopa County as this new majority pushed through an unrequested $125,000 raise for the outgoing CEO. The following month they approved a special executive retirement plan.

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More lending options needed for Arizona families

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For many families in Arizona, the “Great Recession” is far from over. Continued bureaucratic meddling and poor policy decisions by our elected leaders have made it difficult for many hardworking taxpayers to make ends meet. For some families the situation is so dire that one unforeseen financial hardship (car trouble, leaky roof, etc.) could prove catastrophic, especially if the family lacks access to credit or other borrowing options to pay the bill.

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