BLOG / May 14, 2023

We have a budget!

By TJ Hernandez


We have a budget! On Wednesday the Arizona Legislature passed a budget that makes key investments in housing, education, healthcare, and tribal communities. These wins are a result of the tireless efforts by grassroots organizations who have been fighting for our communities for years. One disappointment from the budget is that Republicans refused to negotiate to put a cap on their out of control universal voucher program that threatens to bankrupt our state. While we celebrate the wins from this budget, the fight to repeal the voucher program is not over. 

Where’s Wendy? An Arizona judge lifted Wendy Rogers’ restraining order against a local reporter who was investigating her residency, ruling that investigative reporting is a “legitimate purpose” . Rogers had been using the order to avoid questions as to whether she actually lives in Flagstaff, the district she represents, as required by Arizona law. While she owns a mobile home in Flagstaff, according to neighbors, her Tempe home has been her primary residence for at least a decade. Rogers has collected nearly $20,000 for travel reimbursements from Flagstaff to the Capitol in less than a year.  

There is no “both sides.” Senator Kyrsten Sinema refused to condemn Arizona election deniers such as Kari Lake and Blake Masters, despite the serious harm they have caused to our democracy. She’s so desperate for Republicans to like her that she tried to “both sides” the MAGA effort to spread lies in an attempt to overturn our elections. These conspiracy theories led to a violent attack at the U.S. Capitol, death threats against election workers, and have been the basis for numerous bills that attack our right to vote. It’s ridiculous that Sinema can’t call the problem what it is, but let’s be clear, Republicans alone bear the responsibility for these extremist lies.

Budget recap. Learn more about the Arizona budget, check out this TikTok from Rep. Analise Ortiz.

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Dance Party for Abortion Liberation. Support abortion access in Arizona while enjoying a night of music, dancing, and fun. The event will feature DJ Taco Bella at the Crescent Ballroom on May 23rd at 7pm. Ticket proceeds benefit the Abortion Fund of Arizona.


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