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Teachers and Firefighters and State Workers are not bargaining chips

Sedona AZ – The following is a letter to the SedonaEye.com editor:

I’m reaching out to you today at a crucial time…

Emily Seidel from our team sent an email on Thursday about the proposal by Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi to bail out states that for decades have been reckless with their spending worth up to $1 trillion.

We should be helping the people who are hurting, not bailing out politicians for irresponsible decisions they made prior to this crisis.

But states like New York, California, and Illinois are requesting hundreds of billions in federal bailouts to pay for their past mistakes and fuel spending for their special-interest projects and expensive programs.

That’s outrageous! But it gets even worse.

Speaker Pelosi’s new trillion dollars in federal funding for these bailouts – is on top of the record spending in the past few weeks! These numbers are outrageously unfair to Americans and unrelated to the current crisis we face, almost always helping special interests more than the people who are hurting.

We all want to help our teachers and firefighters and other state workers we all rely upon. States should do that by making them priorities for the funds they have and have already received. They should not be exploiting them as bargaining chips to seek massive federal bailouts.

States that are in a precarious fiscal position because of bad decisions made before the COVID crisis need to make reforms that enable them to meet the needs of their people.

Big bills like this are ripe for corruption and special interest cronyism. There are better ways to help the people who need it.

We’re asking you to stand up with us and reject these political bailouts. You can start by clicking here to sign our pledge against them.

With your help, AFP has an important role to play in defending against the worst kinds of political opportunism and mobilizing millions behind a better path for a stronger country. Together, we will continue to advocate for the solutions that will help Americans get safely back to work, get our economy moving without bankrupting the country, and improve health care both during the crisis and once we’ve made it through.

I hope you’ll take a moment today to join the thousands of Americans who have already signed the pledge to oppose the state bailouts.

Your activism is vital to laying the foundation for coming out of this unprecedented time stronger and more dynamic than before.


Americans for Prosperity Foundation


  1. Anonymous says:

    More crap from the rich!……Funny how your worried about debt, but didnt talk about how states MUST have a balanced budget!

    Where are the states going to get money for all services?

    It will first blunt will be education, then next will be programs to hurt our weakest!

    Face it, this problem had been around for decades, now we can see all our countries weaknesses!

    Tax the rich…..Remember when they were taxed at 90%, then 70%, and now 25%….Bunch of freeloaders every one of you…

    America for Prosperity, go to hell !…..You have money, we dont, with low wages you push, and lack of affordable healthcare! Just to name a few.

  2. Michele says:

    Not a rich va no rich theme here. It’s economics 101. You’re definitely a product of public education at its commonest.

  3. Ron says:

    Since AFP chose to point out California, New York, and Illinois it is also important to note that each of these states pays out much more to the federal government than it gets back.

    Every California taxpayer pays $348 to support other states, $13.7 billion in total. Every New York taxpayer pays $1216…$24.1 billion in total. Every Illinois taxpayer pays $1158…$14.8 billion in total. (statistics from https://www.businessinsider.com/federal-taxes-federal-services-difference-by-state-2019-1)

    Arizona, meanwhile, takes in $30.8 billion more than it contributes, $4394 per taxpayer.

    What if the California, New York, and Illinois taxpayers stopped contributing to support Arizona taxpayers? Which states would then need a federal bailout?

  4. Frank says:

    Not true, Ron.

    It would be really nice, Ron, if you used current numbers and not old numbers. The most recent numbers in 2019 (yours are based on the prior fiscal years) show California is not a “donor” state any longer.

    The reason California taxpayers paid $348 more per person than they received in your old report? (Table scraps….don’t we hear you scream pay more pay more and be grateful to do that in Sedona and Arizona or leave?)

    California has some of the highest incomes and the wealthiest taxpayers who pay more but still equal out to that farmer in Idaho farmer as in 1+1=2. Your California kids aren’t worth more than Arkansas kids; they’re the same in the federal government eyes.


  5. Mark Money says:

    @frank is right and @ron is wrong.

    What @Ron fails to account for is that Arizona only has 18% of its land to produce income including taxation.The Federal government owns vast amounts of Arizona in USFS, Fish and Wildlife, Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

    Obama designated 3 new national monuments in other states and failed to protect the Grand Canyon Watershed when asked to set aside 1.7 million acres. The Antiquities Act of 1906 gives the president power to declare land a national monument. Obama protected land in Hawaii, Colorado and Illinois.

    The forest service holds about 11.3 million acres across 6 national forests; Fish and Wildlife holds 1.7 million acres; BLM holds 12.2 million acres or together about 33% of Arizona. Dept of Defense holds another 3 million bringing federal control to 42.1% of Arizona’s total land.

    The state of Arizona holds 9.2 million in a state trust for education funding for K-12. That’s another 12.7 % of Arizona land mass bringing government control to 55%.

    The 21 recognized tribes own 19.8 million acres or another 27.1% of Arizona land.

    Which means 18% of land funds the state of Arizona needs.

    Get it? 18%. BTW that’s from FactCheck.org and the CBO government websites.

    What @Ron doesn’t realize is that the payments to states like Arizona are to compensate for federal lands; 80% of Arizona lands are federal / other and cannot be used by the state to produce income via taxation. Simple. 18% funds Arizona. Go to http://www.Ballotpedia.org to see statistics for all states.

  6. It's not the Teachers and firefighters says:

    It’s all the $250,000 plus administrators their benefits and pensions that are breaking the system. It’s time for a change.

  7. So What? says:

    @It’s not the Teachers and firefighters. How about adding Sedona City Hall (includes staff and city council) and the “Sedona” (regional) Chamber of Commerce?

    When the dust settles after this Coronavirus crisis and the tax revenue crashes, who do you suppose will be targets for refreshing city coffers? SEDONA CITY RESIDENTS is my bet!

    Time to send the bums packing (IMO)!!!

  8. Cora says:

    Nobody will vote for more taxes. We’ve seen what that does to other places.

  9. Mark Alexander says:

    “The nation which indulges towards another an habitual hatred, or an habitual fondness, is in some degree a slave. It is a slave to its animosity or to its affection, either of which is sufficient to lead it astray from its duty and its interest.” —George Washington (1796)

  10. Krysten, Good job says:

    Last night Trump told the nation he canned the TVA Director and made TVA rehire all the Americans displaced by cheaper foreign visa workers. Damn. You’ve my vote now sir and nobody but nobody on ABC ever reported that in Tennessee. Spread the word. I’m a public school teacher and I approve this message.

  11. NOT says:

    Snooze. I know Arizona treats the teachers so well NOT. And you Kirsten are so full of it

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