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Brewer Says to Cut 250,000 from AHCCCS

Governor Jan Brewer announced today that she and Republican legislators plan to cut 250,000 people from AHCCCS, the state's Medicaid program. This plan, however, violates a voter-mandate passed in 2000. If Brewer's plan comes to pass, the Center will be ready to take the state to court for illegally eliminating health care coverage for hundreds of thousands of Arizonans.

Judge Rejects Will of Voters

On February 11, Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Kenneth Mangum refused to order the legislature to take inflation into account when funding public education. Judge Mangum arrived at this ruling even though voters passed Prop. 301 specifically requiring the legislature to do just this. Lead counsel in the case, Don Peters, along with Center Attorney Tim Hogan, believe that the judge got it wrong and vow to appeal. Hogan also adds that if the judge got it right, then the voters were the victims of a "massive fraud" perpetrated by the legislature, which itself put Prop. 301 on the ballot.


Fighting to Maintain Education Funding

The Center was in court on February 9 arguing that the state must adjust its education funding formula every year for inflation. Despite passage of voter-approved Proposition 301, which requires the state to do just this, the legislature has willfully refused to increase education budgets in accordance with inflation.