At the worst possible time, Gov. Jan Brewer plans to waste $225,000 of YOUR MONEY on a media blitz to push her plan for tax hikes. At a time when people are losing their jobs, losing their homes, struggling to pay their mortgages.
The governor’s plan is outrageous and unwarranted.
She’s doing an end-run around the legislature in a vain effort to clean up former Gov. Janet Napolitano’s $3 billion budget mess.
Starting next week, the governor will go directly to voters in targeted districts with a sweeping $225,000 publicity campaign urging support of her budget proposals.
It’s the start of a three-week media blitz including:
- $75,000 worth of radio ads
- $30,000 in newspaper ads
- $30,000 in direct mail
- Live phone calls to the taxpayers, already burdened by state spending sprees for the past six years.
She’ll try to sell this as “Arizona’s ability to stay competitive in the global marketplace.”
Budget talks between Brewer and legislative leaders have reached an impasse.
No matter what happens with the budget in the end, this unwise move could cost the governor the Republican primary next year.