AZGOP Launches Petition to Tell Fred DuVal: Don’t Bankrupt Arizona!

AZGOP Launches Petition to Tell Fred DuVal: Don’t Bankrupt Arizona!

PHOENIX – The Arizona Republican Party today launched a petition to tell Democratic Gubernatorial Nominee and Lobbyist Fred DuVal: Don’t bankrupt Arizona!

DuVal has made spending promises on the campaign trail totaling nearly $4 billion dollars ($3,918,695,000.00 to be precise). His reckless spending promises are approximately a 42 percent increase from our current state budget.

At a debate last week in Tucson, DuVal promised not to raise taxes. In fact, his exact words were, “No new taxes, read my lips.” With a projected budget deficit of more than $280 million in FY2015, and a promise already to drain the rainy day fund, voters are concerned about his spend-spend-spend approach to governing

“With a projected budget deficit of more than $280 million in FY2015, and a promise already to drain the rainy day fund, voters are concerned about his spend-spend-spend approach to governing, and rightly so,” said Robert Graham, Chairman of the Arizona Republican Party.  “If DuVal is not going to raise taxes, how will he finance his nearly $4 billion in new spending promises without bankrupting Arizona?  If DuVal can’t answer that question, it means he has been lying to Arizonans. It is time for this career Washington, D.C. lobbyist to start telling Arizona voters the truth they deserve.”

DuVal’s Spending Promises:

1. Private-Public Rail Line connecting Tucson and Phoenix
Estimated Cost: $3.6 Billion (at a minimum)
(According to ADOT’s Passenger Rail Corridor Study)

2. Restore Funding to the Child Care Assistance Program
Estimated Cost: $80 Million annually
(Fred said in his plan this is how much has been “slashed” over the last several years)

3. Restore All-Day Kindergarten
Estimated Cost: $218 Million annually
(Cost of All-Day Kindergarten prior to the recession)

4. Erase Student Debt for Teachers Staying in Arizona for Five Years
Estimated Cost: $195,000
(Estimate based on tuition costs for one-tenth of Arizona’s teachers, assuming they graduate in the top third of their class and stay in Arizona for five years)

5. Increase Financial Aid to Students
Estimated Cost: $20 Million minimum
(Estimate assumes doubling current state investment for financial aid)

6. New Agency to Investigate Political Insiders
Estimated Cost: $500,000 annually plus one-time costs to establish agency
(Estimate based on other small state agency operating funds)