Shame on you. Shame on each and every one of you. You are not accountants… your job is NOT to balance the state’s checkbook. Your job is to use the tax revenue you collect to provide the services that make Arizona better… every day, every year, for us and our children.
You de-funded environmental protections. You de-funded a program to foster bio-science and technology growth, you de-funded education. You’ve crippled our future.
You assume that leaving debt to the next generation is the ultimate wrong. And in order to avoid that you strip them of the education, growth and environment that will allow them to prosper. You haven’t saved the state… you’ve set it marching down a path that inexorably leads to future budget cuts. Who will start the next great AZ business? Who will move their high value/high pay jobs here? Who will invest in a state that refuses to invest in itself?
You believe that any tax is a bad tax and you laud your ability to cut, slash and refuse to pass any taxation. You tell us you are putting money back in our pockets. But the truth is you are simply stripping us of the services we want from our government. You tell us that we can choose private schools, home school or find the best education alternative for us and our children. What you do not tell us is that you are relegating our children to demonstrably inferior educational alternatives unless we are wealthy. We can not afford to live in a state which educates the children of the wealthy and relegates the rest to menial labor.
I’m not a socialist, or a liberal. I’m a businessman. I know what you do not and can not seem to understand. Prosperity is a result of investment. If you will not invest, you will not prosper. If you will not invest I will no longer invest in AZ either.
Ladies and gentlemen, there are things worth paying for. There are things worth sacrifice and, yes, even higher taxation. If our children, and our future are not worth that sacrifice what, I ask you, is?
President and Founder
UPDATE: This letter is my reaction to the state budget signed into law today by Gov. Brewer – http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/2009/01/31/20090131azbudget-ON.html