PHOENIX – Reports show that in the past week, Arizona has had more new coronavirus cases per capita than any country in the world. While Donald Trump promised Arizonans last month that an economic recovery was “happening already,” his failed pandemic response has led the Grand Canyon state to suffer the worst coronavirus outbreak in the country while an unprecedented level of widescale unemployment continues to pummel the state.
As of June, more than 1.6 million Arizonans were collecting some form of unemployment benefits. Despite this, Trump and his Republican enablers are refusing to extend enhanced unemployment benefits that expire at the end of the month, even though assistance will end earlier for Arizonans. Instead, Trump is focused on more tax cuts for investors and corporations.
While Trump continued to downplay the severity of the pandemic, roughly a quarter of COVID-19 tests in Arizona are coming back positive. As of today, over 105,000 cases have been reported across the state.
BACKGROUND ON TRUMP’S BROKEN ECONOMIC PROMISES TO ARIZONA
Promise: “We built the strongest and most prosperous economy in the history of the world. And we will do it again very, very quickly. It’s happening already […] Together we will restore our economy quickly.” [Trump Campaign Rally, Phoenix AZ, 6/23/20]
Reality: Trump’s chaotic pandemic response has made the economic fallout in Arizona much worse than it had to be, and his failure to contain the coronavirus is holding the economy hostage.
Reality: Arizona’s unemployment rate reached a record high of 13.4% in April, and stayed at the highest level in 9 years in May at 8.9%.
Reality: As of June, more than 1.6 million Arizonans were collecting some form of unemployment benefits. Despite this, Trump and his Republican enablers are refusing to extend enhanced unemployment benefits that expire at the end of the month, even though assistance will end earlier for Arizonans.
Promise: “I know how the tax code works better than anyone and I’m going to fix it so it’s fair and just works for you, works for you.” [Trump Campaign Rally, Prescott AZ, 10/4/16]
Reality: Trump’s tax scam proved to be a windfall for massive corporations while leaving Arizona’s working families with the short end of the stick. According to the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP), the Trump tax cuts are “tilted dramatically in favor of the richest Arizona residents while the tax increases fall more heavily on lower-income Arizona families.”
Promise: “When I’m President, we will start making things in America again.” [Trump Campaign Rally, Prescott AZ, 10/4/16]
Reality: The Trump Administration has consistently been hostile towards programs that support jobs training and the manufacturing sector. In fact, Trump’s FY19 budget proposal cut funding by nearly half for adult employment and training activities, which serve veterans, Native Americans, and young people who have dropped out of high school.
“Thanks to Trump, Arizona is winning in all the wrong categories. We have more new COVID-19 cases per capita than any country in the world and Trump’s chaotic response is ravaging our state’s economy,” said Matt Grodsky, Arizona Democratic Party spokesman, “Trump’s failed leadership is responsible for this worsening outbreak and the worst unemployment since the Great Depression. Come November, we will hold him accountable for it.”