From AZCentral.com -
Arizona lawmakers and other state officials are debating whether a Republican budget plan approved by the Legislature would jeopardize over $2 billion of federal stimulus funding that Arizona is counting on to keep current and future budgets in the black.The problems stem from the GOP budget's illegal sweep of auxilliary funds from the universities and its failure to meet "maintenance of effort" standards with education funding.
At issue is whether state budget provisions violate conditions set by the federal stimulus law for allotments of approximately $1.7 billion of additional Medicaid dollars for care for poor people and of $1 billion of "stabilization" money intended to prop up state spending on education and other services.
Rep, Kyrsten Sinema put it mildly with this quote -
“I’m not sure how much more education in Arizona can take from Republican lawmakers,” said Assistant Democratic Leader Kyrsten Sinema. “On top of all their cuts to education, their budget will lose $1 billion in education stimulus money for Arizona schoolchildren.”She seems to assume that the Republicans aren't fully aware of the impact of their budget.
I say that not only are they aware, they're gleeful over the harm that they are doing to Arizona's future.
David Safier at Blog for Arizona has more here.