by Jim Nintzel
State Sen. Rebecca Rios has released a statement on Gov. Jan Brewer's proposed budget:
The governor’s budget continues to take Arizona down the wrong path. We hope that in the coming days Arizonans will see that this budget is completely unworkable and only cause more damage to our already ailing economy.
A primary concern with the governor’s budget it that it disproportionately cuts services to children, the mentally ill and working families. Cutting 310,000 people from AHCCCS, 47,000 from KidsCare and 17,000 from mental health services is a cost shift to the already broken health care system which will in turn almost necessarily raise rates for services.
We have said time and again that we are willing to come to the table to help negotiate a budget with the governor and share with her some of our ideas. Unfortunately, the governor was not there with us long today for us to ask questions of her or share those ideas.