Monday, March 21, 2011

Excuse Me, While I Piss On Your City

In a recent posting, I noted that some in Pima County wanted to separate from Arizona and become the 51st state. Apparently, some in Maricopa County also want this to happen, and they don’t care who they run over to make that point.
Piss-AZ - Rantomness
The state legislature has decided, by passing SB 1621, that Pima County shall not receive funding for fighting border crime. The wording of the law states that those localities in certain population brackets will receive x amount of funding. Instead of just saying ‘we don’t like you guys, so you don’t get nothing’, they made this long round-about way of excluding us. Pima County was excluded because
…any county with a population between [500,000] and 2 million "shall not receive any monies from the Gang and Immigration Intelligence Team Enforcement mission fund."
This decision to have Pima segregated in this fashion was not unintentional.
"That was by design," Senate President Russell Pearce, R-Mesa, told Capitol Media Services. "The sheriff says he's not going to enforce the law. Why would I fund him?"
Bush-Finger - RantomnessWhy should you fund ‘him’? Because punishing the rest of us because you don’t like Dupnik is petty and ridiculous. Technically, he does represent the population as he was voted into office (and has been kept there by voters since 1980), but it is still wrong to punish us in order to indirectly punish him.

Moreover, Pima County has the largest shared border with Mexico in the state of Arizona, and one of the largest in the country. At the same time Maricopa County, by any route possible, is separated from the Mexico border by no less than two counties. Dividing this specific funding this way is the same as allocating water to a zoo while depriving the aquarium.

At least in this case, it’s only a specific block of specific law enforcement funding that’s being withheld. It could be all of our transportation funding, or all of our law enforcement funding, or all of our education funding. Although, at this rate, that may just be the case sooner than you think.

1 comment:

  1. I was with Russel Pearce on a lot of his recent legislative moves until I heard about this one. Seriously? Let's arbitrarily decide that Coconino County doesn't get money for roads and Yuma can't have any more agriculture subsidies. Makes as much sense!


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