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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.

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Monday, February 1, 2010

They never raise taxes on the rich.

This is pretty disastrous. Rich people in this state are not only hoarding their money (or investing it in prisons), they're trying to take more of ours...

This is Governor Brewer's website: interesting info is posted there right now.

Here is her address to the legislature earlier this month.

She called the legislature together again for another special session today on the budget: 
http://www.azgovernor.gov/dms/upload/PR_020110_SpecialSessionCallFor020110.pdf.

Here's a clip from the AZ Republic about it:
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Brewer calls 6th special session to deal with budget

by Mary Jo Pitzl - Feb. 1, 2010 01:15 PM
The session begins Monday afternoon.

At the top of the agenda is Brewer's long-standing call for lawmakers to refer a temporary sales-tax increase to the ballot, this time for a May 18 election.

If approved, money generated from the tax could be used to shore up the fiscal 2011 budget.

Brewer included other items to address the ongoing $1.4 billion deficit in this year's budget, which is halfway through the fiscal year. They include:

•  Another delay in monthly payments to the state's schools, from K-12 to community colleges to universities.

•  Another sale of state buildings to investors. The state would lease back the buildings.

•  Borrowing against state lottery proceeds, and adjustments to the lottery program, such as eliminating payments to specific lottery beneficiaries and keeping the money in the state general fund.

•  Taxing the income earned in Arizona of people who live outside the state.

This is the sixth special session of the current Legislature, and is the fourth time Brewer has called a special session to get lawmakers to refer the sales-tax hike...

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