May 11, 2010
Okay, so a 1 cent sales tax will make thing all better in the State of Arizona? Is that what Governor Brewer, and some others, think? We're all for giving the much needed money from such an idea to education, healthcare, etc, but when it comes to "Public Safety" that will prosper from this tax, what does that truly mean?
Last I checked, the Dept. of Corrections is part of "Public Safety". With ADOC's multi-billion dollar budget (and predictably rising), will it prosper too? Even though its budget has essentially been safe from the uncaring legislative knives that have been; and threaten to, cutting vital programs in AZ. Sure, we need firemen, police, teachers, etc, but what about all of the non-violent inmates who pose little threat to the community who sit by idly in ADOC simply wasting tax dollars? Shouldn't in a dire state, like AZ's budget, these inmates be released on parole to pay taxes, work, feed their families?
Ask what does "Public Safety" include? ADOC's budget is part of the state's budget problem! Ask where EXACTLY will your 1 cent go?
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