The Democrats' proposed budget will (from the press release linked above) -
More details are available at StrongerArizona.com.
- Utilize $2.4 billion — the maximum — of the federal stimulus funding available to Arizona in 2010
- Clean up government waste by stopping tax giveaways to big corporations and closing corporate tax loopholes
- Implement smart, responsible cuts across state government, including in our own House of Representatives
- Restore necessary funding to education and middle-class families that makes our economy thrive
...There are many reasons to criticize the Reps' proposal that was leaked on Friday (and trust me, those criticisms are forthcoming :) ), but amid all of the carnage they want to blindly wreak upon the state's education system and public services are some nuggets of head-scratching, "say what?" utter stupidity.
Today, we highlight their proposal to save all of $211,000 by doing away with Arizona Commission on Indian Affairs.
The Commission is dedicated "to strengthening the relationship between Arizona's tribes and urban Indian communties and state government."
Now of course, anyone with any experience watching the Reps in action knows that they don't care about strengthening relationships with anyone who isn't rich, white, and Republican, so this move doesn't come as much of a surprise.
On the other hand, even the Reps have to respect the natural resources that Native American tribes control, even if they don't respect Native Americans as people.
And Native American tribes control 28% of Arizona's land.
Maintaining as many open lines of communications as possible with folks who control that much of the state and its natural resources would seem advisable, but apparently communication is not part of their plans. Given that their budget schemes since the beginning of the session have been hatched behind closed doors and shrouded in secrecy, this isn't shocking.
However, like the rest of the Reps' budget proposal, that doesn't seem to make much long-term sense.
From Monday's press conference -
"It is key to our economic recovery and stability that we invest in education so that our children are competitive in the global economy," said Assistant House Democratic Leader Kyrsten Sinema. "House Democrats' traveled around the state listening to Arizonans' concerns about deep cuts to the state budget and we developed a comprehensive budget plan that will move Arizona forward to a brighter future."Now to find 8 - 10 Republicans with triple-digit IQs and souls.