Top 10 Myths about Education Funding and Budget Reductions

February 1, 2009

Goldwater Institute News Release
January 27, 2009

Phoenix–Arizona faces one of the largest budget deficits in the nation and lawmakers are struggling to close the gap. Because half of all General Fund spending goes toward education, schools and universities will necessarily be affected by the state’s across-the-board belt tightening.

While some school administrators and special interest groups have referred to the potential budget cuts “slashing education” and “shortsighted and borderline malicious,” the Goldwater Institute would like to separate the reality of education funding in Arizona from several often publicized myths. [Read more]

Mental-patient-turned-accused-killer slipped through state’s fingers

February 1, 2009

Laurie Roberts (AZ Republic Columnist) among others report on the latest high profile cases involving behavioral health patients.  Legislation (HB 2205) I sponsored forming a task force to look at the state’s system of funding behavioral health in Arizona will be considered again this session. 

In August, a Maricopa County Superior Court judge ordered that Joe Gallegos submit to psychiatric treatment.

Four months later, two boys lay dying on a southwest Phoenix playground and Gallegos – the man that Magellan Health Services had been ordered to watch – was arrested for murder. [Read more]