I began this blog in May 2009 following the death of Marcia Powell at Perryville State Prison in Goodyear, Arizona. It is not intended to prescribe the path that leads to freedom from the prison industrial complex.

Rather, these are just my observations in arguably the most racist, fascist, militaristic state in the nation at a critical time in history for a number of intersecting liberation movements. From Indigenous resistance to genocidal practices, to the fight over laws like SB1070 and the ban on Ethnic Studies, Arizona is at the center of many battles for human rights, and thus the struggle for prison abolition as well - for none are free until all are. I retired the blog in APRIL 2013.

Visit me now at Arizona Prison Watch or Survivors of Prison Violence-AZ

Monday, August 17, 2009

The Saga of the State Budget Which Screws the Many to Benefit the Few

the title above represents my own two cents, not Doug's. He's much too professional for that.

Now, you who haven't called or written the Governor yet, step up!

AZ AEA Legislative Update from Doug Kilgore:

Flawed Budget Could Reach Governor Tomorrow - Act Now

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This afternoon, the House Appropriations Committee passed the Revenue Budget Reconciliation Bill as it was sent to them by the Senate. Last week the Senate passed a budget package that had been sent to them by the House, with the exception of this bill, which changes the House's original budget package by removing the sales tax referral and some other revenue provisions.

If the bill passes tomorrow on the House floor, the other budget bills that have already been passed by both the House and the Senate could be combined with this bill and be sent to the governor. If that happens, the governor will receive a budget package that is the same as the one she vetoed on July 1.

Speculation about whether or not the Republican legislative leadership will send the governor a budget that she has already vetoed is running high. And, if they do, there is much speculation about whether or not she will veto it or allow it to become law. Governor Brewer has described the same budget package as an "irresponsible, fatally flawed budget" with "devastating cuts to public education."

Tomorrow the House and Senate will convene at 1:00 p.m. Before then, please send the governor a message and ask her to veto this budget if and when she receives it.

It is time for Republicans and Democrats to work together through their caucuses to build a bi-partisan solution with the governor.

View a summary of the budget package that might be sent to the governor.

View a detailed summary of the legislative action on the budget.

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