If you are Gov. Ducey and the Republican leadership the answer is easy: private prisons. Democratic leaders Rep. Dr. Eric Meyer and Rep. Juan Mendez attended a protest today at the Arizona State Capitol aimed at calling attention to all the ways we could have invested in Arizona's economy and families with the $50 million budgeted instead for private prisons.
The state is cash-strapped, was the excuse Republican leadership and the governor gave when they slashed $99 million from the universities, or when they further underfunded K-12 and the Department of Child Safety.
Why would they continue budget efforts for a program whose funding has already increased by 40% in the last seven years and, as of 2012, no longer has the accountability requirement of reporting for comparison to public prisons?
Perhaps it has something to do with the $10,000 private prison interests donated to Ducey's campaign and thousands donated to Republican legislators.
It is time that we all #AskDuceyWhy he and Republican leadership see more value in private prisons than Arizona families.