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School Advocates Concerned About Governor’s Budget Resolve

June 24, 2009

Phoenix, AZ – In less than a week, Arizona state government faces a partial shutdown without a budget agreement. Children's advocates say they're increasingly nervous about whether Governor Jan Brewer will hold out for more education dollars in the new state budget than her fellow Republican lawmakers want to spend.

According to Arizona Education Association president John Wright, reports from the budget talks are not encouraging.

"As we hear about these negotiations, it seems the conservative wing of the party and the legislative leadership is feeling emboldened that many of their cuts are going to stick, and they are pushing back against some of the ongoing support for schools that the governor has proposed."

The governor has asked the state supreme court to force lawmakers to send her the budget they passed nearly three weeks ago, so she can either sign or veto it. Wright says he appreciates Brewer's leadership, but believes she could do more to build public support for education funding.

"I think she needs to use every resource - and the bully pulpit, and the power of her office, and the persuasion of her personality - as best she can. Not to wait, not to count on the supreme court, and not to hope she can out-negotiate these people."

Brewer has said she believes the cuts to education and social services contained in the Republican-controlled legislature's budget are too severe. She has argued for a temporary sales tax hike to give the state more revenue, although legislative leaders say any tax increase will further damage the state's economy.

Doug Ramsey, Public News Service - AZ