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The Arizona state budget is becoming the continual nightmare waking us from our sleep in a cold sweat night after night.

It feels likes it’s never going to end and it gets worse each time it comes around.

The difference between watching state legislators and Gov. Jan Brewer hack the budget and a nightmare is we can’t seem to wake up from the financial chaos.

A budget is currently floating around the state capital which calls for drastic cuts, particularly to state-funded health care and education, in order to keep taxes at the same rate and make new borrowing unnecessary.

Secondary education institutions, including Yavapai College, can expect to see their allowance go down, which means tuition and taxes from community colleges will go up.

Primary education school districts have a tougher time bracing for cuts because making up the difference is much harder for them. It’s not as simple as charging more or raising taxes.

Cuts to the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System may mean adults without children are ineligible for coverage, putting more of a burden on county health services and hospitals.

Arizona State Parks will also take another devastating hit, and in the wake of Red Rock State Park’s 20th anniversary.

Slide Rock State Park in Oak Creek Canyon should be able to weather the financial storm due to its statewide popularity. Phoenix residents love to escape the summer’s valley heat and frolic in the water of Oak Creek.

Red Rock State Park works harder for its visitors, in part due to its off-the-beaten-path location. While offerings are equally exciting in the shadows of Cathedral Rock, and access to Oak Creek is possible, the park doesn’t carry the same reputation as Slide Rock.

Luckily, the Benefactors of Red Rock State Park are working tirelessly to keep the park open. Without them, it would not have made it this long.

While we all sit back and wait for the final stroke of Brewer’s pen, we must understand services will change right on down to the local level, and again, we will adapt and fight through yet another dismal budget season.

Hopefully, something can be done before next year rolls around to wake us from this nightmare.


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  • Smart voter

    This nightmare will never end until the voters of Arizona wakes up and see's the Republicans for the greedy crooks they are! They don't care about you or me..they only care about the tax cuts given to them and their greedy corperations! SHAME ON THEM!!

  • John Durst

    Perhaps the author should wake up and look arround. I spend some time in the Phenix area and there are thousands of homes that people baught that they could not afford. The State did the same thing. Having things we can not afford is foolish for individules and GOVERMENTS

  • Arizona Lover

    What we cannot afford is to lose our state parks. <br /><br />Mr. Durst, it is hard to take your comment seriously when you've made six spelling errors. Wake up and get spell check!

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