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

Sunday, November 8, 2009

AEA Legislative Update Nov 6

October, 2009

This Week's Issue: 
  • Governor and Republican Leadership Budget Deal
  • Special Session Prospects
  • News Links
Governor and Republican Leadership Budget Deal
On Monday Governor Brewer sat down with Senate President Bob Burns and House Speaker Kirk Adams and reached an agreement on a plan to make additional cuts to public education and other vital state services in a special legislative session later this month. If Burns, Adams and the Governor are able to rally support from 16 Senators and 31 House members, the Governor will call for a legislative special session on November 17-19. 

The proposal includes approximately $500 million in reduced state expenditures for the current fiscal year (FY10 runs through June 30, 2010).  For K-12 education, the proposal will include a reduction of $144 million taken from soft capital.  The $144 million amount represents the maximum amount that legislative and executive staff believes the state can cut education without violating the federal stimulus' maintenance of efforts (MOE) provisions. Services for Arizona's most vulnerable citizens will be hard hit by a proposed cut of over $140 million. 

Special Session Prospects
The Republican Leadership is working with their caucus members to make sure they have their votes lined up to pass the budget reduction.  Rumor has it that there are enough Republican votes to pass the cuts and that votes from Democrats will not be needed during this special session. It does not appear that an effort will be made to pass a sales tax during this upcoming special session. Instead, the Governor may wait until after Thanksgiving and before the winter holiday to call legislators back into yet another special session to deal with revenue. 

News Links
It's no surprise when voters reject spending measures in tough economic times. So the results of Tuesday's election are telling: Voters said "yes" to well over half the school-funding measures.
As school budgets continue to shrink, district leaders are increasingly seeking federal aid to sustain and grow programs. 
State lawmakers will meet later this month to cut state aid to education -- but not to give voters a chance to hike their own taxes to help balance the budget.

Contact Us 
Please contact Doug Kilgore, Government Relations Organizational Consultant, for questions and comments

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