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Jan Brewer: 'Government A Necessary Evil' (VIDEO)

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Arizona Governor Jan Brewer spoke out on the prospect of a government shutdown during an appearance on ABC News' "This Week" on Sunday morning.

Sharing her take on the matter, the Republican lawmaker said, "I think government is a necessary evil." She added, however, "But it's necessary to provide services, and they should be able to come to some solution. We need to trim the budget and move on."

Back in her home state, Brewer is facing a severe budget struggle of her own.

"I believe we need as much resources as necessary to get our borders secured," said Brewer of a proposal to cut 685 border patrol agents stationed in the Grand Canyon State. "I hope that will be reinstated."

When it comes to health care reform, Brewer has put herself at odds with the White House.

"We cannot sustain it," the Arizona governor said of the measure, according to the Associated Press. "We can't afford it."

Bloomberg reports:

Nowhere has the national Medicaid crisis come under a harsher glare than in Arizona, where Brewer, 66, drew international condemnation for being the only governor to stop paying for certain organ transplants, including hearts and livers. Cutting Medicaid for about one in five Arizonans now on the rolls, as she proposes, would help save $541.5 million in the coming year.

The AP notes that Brewer has also taken issue with efforts from the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate greenhouse gases. "We believe that the federal government just needs to get out of the way and let us run the states," she said.

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