Brewin’ Up a Budget

From The Arizona Republic:

Arizona State University economist Tom Rex said Thursday that raising taxes and fees would have a less negative impact on the state’s economy than the spending cuts Gov. Jan Brewer’s budget plan proposes.

The governor relies heavily on spending reductions, including eliminating health-care coverage for more than 280,000 Medicaid recipients, to close a budget deficit her office estimates at $1.15 billion for fiscal 2012.

Brewer has said she has no choice but to recommend cuts to the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System given the magnitude of the state’s fiscal crisis.

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[...] Rex, associate director of the Center for Competitiveness and Prosperity Research at the W.P. Carey School of Business, said Brewer’s plan would result in the loss of more than $1 billion in matching federal dollars, which would lead to the loss of about 46,700 jobs. Sixty percent of those jobs would be in the private sector.

Instead, Rex says the state should focus on increasing revenues. He said his analysis shows doing so would only cost 13,800 jobs. Higher taxes and fees would likely lead to residents spending less on private-sector goods and services. But because Arizona companies don’t manufacture many products, the impact would be less than if the government reduced spending.

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Brewer won voter approval for a temporary 1-cent-per-dollar increase in the state sales-tax rate. But she has said the Arizona economy cannot weather another such hike.

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26 responses to “Brewin’ Up a Budget

  1. W :shock:W

    The marriage of Brewer’s face (catcher’s mitt?) to Salmone’s body.

    W :shock:W

    The corpse head for shit. I’m in awe. Father Time may be her soulmate. I mean look how he’s looking at her.

    • i couldn’t end fine art week without a pic of fist-face jan. jean-philippe would never have spoken to me again! is that father time? i meant for it to be the grim reaper. i don’t think either one is jan’s soulmate. maybe they’re her sons, because she looks older and meaner than either one.

      • Father Time=Grim Reaper=Daddy Entropy. And if her face isn’t in the crush of entropy, nothing is. :shock:

        • i bet death wouldn’t even want her.

          • That means we’re stuck with her. Ugh, she’ll be like Jason from the Friday the 13th movies–something this evil never dies.

            • there’s already an organized group trying to get her recalled, and there’s another one calling for the recall of her little buddy, neo-nazi-loving russell pearce. in other neo-nazi-loving russell pearce news, his son won’t be charged with child abuse, even though his 9-day-old daughter was treated for a skull fracture. the son said the baby was in a bouncy chair (who the fuck puts a 9-day-old in a bouncy chair?) while he was watching her and his other 2 little children, and he has no idea what happened. the cops think he’s lying, but they say they don’t have probable cause to charge him. his father, neo-nazi-loving russell pearce, had no comment, because it’s “personal.” maybe his son should get an illegal alien nanny to watch his kids so they don’t wind up in the hospital. she’d take better care of them that he does.

              • A recall effort for those two? I’m popping popcorn!

                • the efforts will probably come to nothing as far as actually getting rid of them now. however, when the arizona economy continues to suck, and more people die for want of medical care, they’ll be even more unpopular than they are now, even among the teabaggers. with neo-nazi-loving russell’s son’s antics, he won’t be seen in the best light by parents and grandparents.

    • I wonder why all these teabagger women share that same anguished look, like they are so tired of being constipated they start bearing down, way beyond a safe level of straining?
      Jan Brewer’s face brings back so many sexist, juvenile references–battleax, seahag, hatchet face, harpy, she devil, etc.
      Cloris Leachmen could portray an excellent Jan Brewer, sort of a modern day Frau Blucher.

      • zippy, of all the fine art posters this week, you show up in my least favorite? :wink:

        i don’t know if they can ugly cloris leachman up enough to look like brewer. i think they might have to ask sunsweet to send over some prunes that were rejected for being too wrinkly.

  2. jeb

    Oh sure, some smarty-pants economist with a fancy educashion knows more than Gov. Jan Brewer. She has proof from St. Ronnie that cutting services and throwing people out of jobs works. He’s got what, a study? As if!

    That is some frightening art.

  3. I dig the frightening art! Otherwise, I just think what a mess.

    • hello simone,

      welcome to the raisin! :D

      i just spent some time over at your blog. it’s lots of fun, especially your stories of small-town life.

      hope you’ll visit again soon. :)

  4. jean-philippe

    Mrs. Brewer should change her beauty cream. The one she carries seems to cause brain lesions…

  5. Looks like Jan is penny wise & pound foolish:

    If the state is allowed to drop 280,000 from coverage and save $540 million from its budget, it would also forfeit more than $1 billion in federal Medicaid matching funds. Further, it would be in direct violation of “maintenance of effort” provisions in the Affordable Care Act that require states to maintain eligibility requirements for Medicaid programs until HHS deems a state’s health insurance exchange is fully operational. Currently, only two states – Massachusetts and Utah – have operational exchanges.

    Forfeit more than $1 BILLION in federal Medicaid matching funds !!!!!

    ( 1 billion is a thousand times greater than 1 million.)

    Awwwwwww we hate to see fine art week come to an end… can’t it be held over for another week, by popular demand?????

    • she has already asked for a waiver. other rethug governors are expected to follow suit, but she’s the first.

      glad you enjoyed fine art week. we raisinettes put the ass in classy, don’t we? :wink: maybe we can do it again. keep an eye out for suitable paintings.

  6. These states are going into a death spiral with millions of us out of work. No income tax, state or federal, no sales tax collected. And anyone who sees the profiles of people who lose a long time job can draw this iron clad conclusion- if you are over fifty and lose your job, you will NEVER work again. Just today CalTrans announced it will dramatically cut bay area commuter train schedules, no weekend service, no more specials to take the fans to Giants baseball games, etc. But on the positive side, free enterprise is prevailing. Let the marketplace decide! California Blue Shield has announced a 59% increase in premiums beging in March. Gopers are dancing in the streets with joy!

    • they’ll keep dancing in the street, until they collapse and find out that ambulance service has been curtailed, and it doesn’t matter, because their insurance company canceled their policies as soon as they hit the asphalt.

    • jeb

      Granted all politicians say stupid crap to maintain their jobs but this new crop seems to have evolved stupidity to a high art. Just the other day I heard some conservative mouthpiece discussing the upcoming SOTU on the radio. He pointed out in a very critical way that Obama would talk about building up green energy and infrastructure using federal dollars. His theory was that using federal resources to do that doesn’t create jobs. So obviously this douchebag never heard of the Works Progress Administration which (A) created jobs and (B) really built up the infrastructure of this country.

      So these idiots will continue cutting and cuttting and cutting to appease their corporate donors and the voters they fooled into believing that government is the enemy while jobs are lost, services dwindle, more money is spent on emergency and reactive service and our infrastructure crumbles. But they’ll be happy because, Hey! we all got a tax cut.

      Sometimes it reminds me of listening to some stoned pothead trying to explain some philisophical concept. It makes my head hurt.

      • wait until people have to pay out the wazoo for stuff they use to pay a mere pittance for when their taxes covered the same services. people would rather hang on to what they think are their values while they consistently vote against their own interests. that would be bad enough, but they consistently vote against their children’s interests, and that’s unforgivable.

  7. South Austin Viceroy

    One thing to know about Jan is that she has no formal college education. Her highest level of education is community college courses to obtain an X-Ray Technician certification.

    If governance using Arizona as the model is the goal of the Kalostomy Baggers, expect a quick decline towards the care and well being of this nation. In Texas we have a $17B deficit but the biggest items on the Legislature’s and Governor’s agenda was A) Sonograms are required before an abortion can occur and B) Voter IDs. Both were declared an emergency.

    Instead of “we the people” its now “we the party and PAC.”

    • hello south austin viceroy,

      welcome to the raisin! :D

      not having a formal education doesn’t necessarily disqualify people from being leaders. some of the smartest people i know don’t have degrees, and some of the dumbest people i’ve come across do. that said, fistface brewer is not very smart. that was evident in her lack of debating skills when she even screwed up her prepared opening statement. it’s why she chokes when the press dare to ask her questions. she recites only what she’s memorized, and she ignores everything else.

      so sorry that you are stuck with rick perry. i can empathize, as we are now stuck with rick scott, who should be in jail, not the governor’s mansion. just think how many people who can’t afford insurance would benefit from a sonogram. instead, the state will waste the money on women who have already made a decision on what they want to do with their bodies.

      hope you’ll stop by again soon! :)

  8. Good grief. I was born and live in Texas and I still think it is a weird place to live when I read the agenda for the Legislature and the Guvnah. Are they on crack or what?

    • hello trinity river,

      welcome to the raisin! :D

      i enjoyed reading some of your entries this afternoon over at the serenity game.

      if only rick perry and some of the other lunatics in charge could blame their stupidity on crack. instead, it’s all based on what they think will advance their own careers. it’s never about the people, it’s always about themselves.

      come back soon! :)

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