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County not yet safe from state cash grabs

County officials and state legislators agree transferring hundreds of state prisoners to county jails will not solve the state’s budgetary woes. What once was touted as a plan to save the state is no longer a viable option because of the extra burden it would put on cash-strapped counties. In a meeting at the state Capitol Jan. 5, county supervisors, state senators and officials discussed the budget. Gila County Supervisors Tommie Martin, Michael Pastor and Shirley Dawson met with Senators Sylvia Allen and Don Shooter, who is chair of the senate appropriations committee. All agreed a transfer of state prisoners to county jails would create more problems than it clears up.

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