Friday, April 3, 2015

House Minority Leader Dr Eric Meyer: ‘The Republicans have put the state’s future in jeopardy’

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – House Democratic Leader Eric Meyer, D-Paradise Valley (District 28), released this statement after the end of the legislative session:
“The legislative session started with potential. Democratic members, who represent constituents in districts across the state, worked on legislation to create jobs, to protect education funding and to stop dark money. Instead of focusing on these priorities, the majority party passed a budget with massive funding cuts to K-12 education, universities and community colleges, while spending millions on private prison cells. Republicans also refused to consider dark money reforms and put our communities at risk by slashing funding to social safety net programs and to cities and counties.

“Their agenda included bills that would make it a felony to help collect early ballots, make it a crime if doctors don’t give some women scientifically unsupported pseudo-medical advice, prohibit service animals from being allowed in restaurants and prohibit teachers and school officials from sharing any information about legislation affecting education. House Democrats stopped some of the worst bills from passing, but the Republicans have put the state’s future in jeopardy.

“In the frenzy to end the session early, the Republicans pushed legislation through the process sometimes late at night and often with little public discussion. This tactic is shameful. Our children deserve better, and we had other choices. The Republican budget and legislative agenda together provide a statement of values. This session, Republicans have shown they value special interests over the long-term economic stability of our state and the future of our children. House Democrats remain dedicated to promoting the priorities of Arizonans including quality neighborhood schools, affordable higher education and the creation of sustainable, high-wage jobs.”