Thursday, February 24, 2005

Chew on this for a while...

From the Eastern Arizona Courier:

Despite local Republicans' reputation of being conservative and sober, Congressman Rick Renzi (R-Ariz.) sent all local Republican officials a bottle of his own Renzi wine to help celebrate at the annual Lincoln Day dinner.

"Here is to the good life," the label on the wine bottle reads. Renzi personally signed each bottle.

It's good to be a Republican official! But, as the article continues, not so good to be a constituent in rural Arizona:

Konopnicki also talked numbers. He said he is pushing for better salaries and quality of life for those who work in rural Arizona.

"Teacher salaries are $10 - $12,000 less in rural areas than in metro," he said. Health insurance and retirement also cost more in rural Arizona, and even those who qualify for the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) are paying more than they would in the metro areas.

"The reason is that the state can get away with it," Konopnicki said.

Then Speaker of the House Jim Weiers comes out and says we have the worst healthcare and education in the nation, but oh well.

Cheers, everyone!

[Arizona Congress Watch]

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