September 13, 2011
Stanton aims to make Phoenix government bigger and more expensive
PHOENIX – If Phoenix voters are looking for the mayoral candidate who will make Phoenix city government bigger, bloated and more expensive, then they’ve found their hero in career politician and taxpayer-funded lobbyist Greg Stanton.
According to Stanton’s own campaign website, the partisan politician proposes more than 40 ways to grow the size of the city’s government, with ideas ranging from hiring a team of taxpayer-funded lobbyists to try to find money in Washington that doesn’t exist to revitalizing the city’s “Pacific Rim Advisory Council.” And nowhere does Stanton explain how to pay for his big spending ways.
Phoenix already has more than 60 boards, commissions, committees and task forces. Stanton, incredibly, proposes 11 news ones, all requiring more government employees, resources, and inevitability, higher taxes.
“Stanton might as well call his plan the ‘City Bureaucrat Full Employment Act,’” said Daniel Scarpinato, spokesman for the Gullett campaign. “While Wes Gullett and city voters want less government and more private sector jobs, Stanton remains obsessed with the big government, big spending habits he’s been addicted to his entire political career.”