I am extremely saddened by the all cuts to education and social services we have seen implemented in the last week. I am in shock and appalled that our state representatives have overwhelmingly and disproportionately attacked the most vulnerable population in our state: our children. I for one think that everyone who has children in the state of Arizona should leave. I'm thinking that if you're not going to invest in my child, I'm not going to invest in you.
Am I bitter because I lost my job... No. I work in non-profits; this comes with the territory. But what brings me to tears is thinking about the children I know and love not being afforded a future.
Believe me, I understand that every state is running at a deficit. But believe me again, when I tell you Arizona's hit to children and families is the worst. For one, we never have provided and cared for them as we should (ie we rank 49th in EVERYTHING). Cuts to our already feeble system are absolutely devastating. And for two, other states have been smart enough to know that if we keep services in place for children and families we save money in the end. These budget cuts will be the costliest budget cuts Arizona has ever seen.
If Mark weren't in school I would be looking for employment out of state. I want my son to grow up in a state where they value PEOPLE. I want him to know PEOPLE MATTER; even if they don't have family and churches to fall back on.
Mark is usually the one to discuss politics on our blog, I know that my political views differ from most of the people that read this... which is why I usually leave it alone. But this last week has brought such sorrow to me, I can't keep it in. And to be honest, I don't know how anyone could disagree that these budget cuts are nothing short of a tragedy. But alas, I know people do. Otherwise the cuts wouldn't have been made in the first place.