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‘There are UA employees who have already been laid off. . . . This is going to be a bad spring in Tucson. . . . I think the “lethality” of those cuts will be manifest soon in this end of the

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The story: Budget cutters in the Arizona Legislature propose reductions in education spending that would force universities to increase class sizes and shutter some academic units. K-12 public schools also would have to tighten their belts. House Appropriations Chairman Jon Kavanaugh, R-Fountain Hills, pronounced the cuts “painful,” but not “lethal.”

Your take: The Citizen online community wonders if Kavanaugh understands the meaning of “lethal,” and disputes the logic of eliminating jobs during what is shaping up to be a Great Recession. Some representative comments:

• “With these proposed cuts to education, maybe we’ll be last in the nation again. Something we should all be so proud of.” Conniecabe (Editor’s note: Arizona ranks 49th in per-pupil K-12 spending.)

• “Mr. Kavanaugh . . . none of the cuts lethal? Tell that to those who will lose their jobs.” 6124

• “What a bone-headed idea. Let’s cut jobs exactly at the time we need more people to be working. How are we ever going to generate revenue from all the people we’re now making eligible for welfare?” 4381

• “The Legislature has chosen to penalize the disabled and poor. Makes sense since the Legislature itself is composed largely of the mentally disabled and emotionally immature.” 2285

• “No young person in this state is getting a reduced education due to the budget cuts.” NevadaDemocrat

Compiled by PAUL SCHWALBACH

pschwalb@tucsoncitizen.com

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