PHOENIX – Arizona faces an economic crater that could take years to repair. Arizona’s Joint Legislative Budget Committee believes Arizona is grappling with an estimated $700M budget shortfall due to the ongoing pandemic and it could take years for the economy to fully recover.
Meanwhile, the number of new claims for jobless benefits continues to climb and COVID-19 is running rampant with nearly 60,000 cases reported. There have been more than 3,000 new cases on three of the past six days and today the state reported another 79 deaths from COVID-19.
But President Trump, who made a desperate visit to the state yesterday to see the border wall near Yuma and give a campaign speech in Phoenix, spent little time discussing the havoc facing Arizona and said of the virus “It’s going away,”. He emphasized the need to reopen the country and end lockdown measures put in place to stop the spread, even while the virus remains on the rise in the state.
“Trump is complicit in the surge of COVID-19,” said Matt Grodsky, Arizona Democratic Party spokesman, “The state’s economy is in free fall and virus cases are skyrocketing. But instead of offering solutions, the President came here to sow division and subsequently fuel the spread of the disease.”
Adding insult to injury, Vice President Pence will be returning to Arizona next week for events in Tucson and Yuma where cases continue to grow.