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As Arizona cuts eduction budget
Students protest at state Capitol
Published Feb 8, 2009 8:46 PM
On Jan. 28 over 2,000 students from Arizona’s three state universities
descended on the state Capitol building in Phoenix to protest the
legislature’s proposal to slash university funding by over $140 million
for the remainder of this fiscal year (Feb. 1 to June 30, 2009). The proposed
cuts would mean an end to many financial aid programs, increases in tuition and
reductions in the number of classes offered.
The state faces a $1.6 billion budget deficit for 2009 and estimates a $3
billion deficit for fiscal year 2010. Gov. Jan Brewer made it clear that this
burden will be placed on the backs of the working and poor people of Arizona.
The new governor signed the budget proposal into law on Feb. 1 before rushing
off to Florida to watch “her team” play in the Super Bowl.
The budget cuts not only drastically affect the university system, but also
heavily impact Arizona’s community colleges, K-12 schools, vocational
training and tutoring programs. About two-thirds of the budget shortfall will
be extracted from education programs across the state.
Instead of cutting the millions of dollars budgeted to Joe Arpaio, the racist
sheriff, or the millions used to build and pay for private prisons which house
undocumented workers, the legislature has denied the people something they have
a right to: education.
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