This paper reported on 02/18/2015 that Governor Doug Ducey’s budget for this year will cut $75 million from state universities and invest $40 million into our state’s (heavily privatized) prison system. When asked about this, Ducey stated that those were “separate issue[s].” To be clear, it is widely understood that the better an education system is, the less crime a community tends to experience. Though there can be other crime contributing factors, generally, this is because education (well-funded and administratively run) provides structure, guidance, a better résumé, and frankly more life opportunities to its students. To take money from students who have made it as far as to reach for an undergraduate degree, and allot it to an industry that stands to profit directly from students’ failure to complete school, makes these two anything but “separate issues.”

Therefore, one of two things must be true: Either our governor is completely unfamiliar with the links and makings of a sustainable future for our state’s youth, or he has a blatant disregard for the welfare of his constituents – both of which, in my opinion, make him absolutely unqualified to hold public office. That is all.

JASMINE JEWELL

Flagstaff

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