September 21, 2012
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Chabin, LeFevre say Legislature’s cuts have crippled towns and schools and now threaten region’s tourist economy
Arizona must reverse deep budget cuts to protect the state’s schools and its vital tourist economy, insisted candidates seeking to represent Rim Country in the state Legislature Wednesday night in Payson.
Members meet at 7 p.m. every Sunday for dinner at The Buffalo Bar & Grill and dancing to Junction 87.
The primaries for the state senate seat representing Rim Country qualified as boring – with one candidate from each party in the running.
A veteran legislator seeking to represent Rim Country in the state senate journeyed to Payson last week to unveil a bold plan to increase school funding, decrease college tuition and still reduce tax rates —mostly by closing loopholes in the existing tax code. Flagstaff State House Rep. Tom Chabin has locked up the Democratic nomination and will face current House Rep. Chester Crandell in November. The Heber-based Crandell currently represents Rim Country in Legislative District 4, but new district lines will move both Rim Country and Heber into District 6, along with Flagstaff, Sedona, Camp Verde, and a portion of Fountain Hills. Chabin told the Payson Democratic Women’s Club last week that Arizona will never recover economically if the Legislature doesn’t act to protect the school system and make college affordable for the state’s students.