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1. "The Gang of Six" by Supervisor Sylvia Allen

by Sylvia Allen, Navajo County Supervisor, District 3.
Former Arizona State Senator

President Reagan:  "You can't be for big Government, big taxes, and big bureaucracy and still be for the little guy."

Why is it that elected officials don't learn from history, and why do some stray from sound principles?

Some Background:  During my first two weeks as a state senator in June of 2008, the legislature was finalizing the last Napolitano budget.  For the prior five years of her governorship, her state budgets had increased by a billion dollars in spending each year.  The next year, as we prepared to vote on the budget, the state had a $3 billion deficit.  The next three years were gut-wrenching, as we had to cut spending and borrow money to bring the state budget back in balance.  We worked hard to accomplish this without increasing taxes that would have put more of a burden on businesses and our citizens.

On May 16 of this year, six Republican Senators (Rich Crandall, Steve Pierce, John McComish, Adam Driggs, Bob Worsley, and Michele Reagan) forgot this past budget history, as well as their conservative principles.  But, much worse, they turned on their fellow Republicans and voted with Senate Democrats in an amendment feeding frenzy that resulted in a pork-heavy, spend-expand-grow budget that increased the proposed balanced budget by $306 million.

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Tags: Arizona Legislature, Constitution, Medicaid Expansion, Republicans, Bob Worsley, Steve Pierce, Michele Reagan, John McComish, Adam Driggs, Rich Crandall
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