Report from the Capitol: 22 March 2018

Report from the Capitol: 22 March 2018

HB2158: I’ve received a number of emails and calls about the SB1390/HB2158 package to extend the Prop 301 Sales Tax for Education. I share the concern about education funding and the teacher shortage. I am inclined to support the proposed SB1390/HB2158 additional rate package. I have also done a good bit of research on the matter of unfilled teacher job opportunities. What I have found is something that most people in the educator ranks are not talking about. The Arizona Tax Research Association (ATRA, 2018) …

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American Conservative Union Award

American Conservative Union Award

I am pleased to report that I have received the Conservative Excellence Award from one of the top conservative values watchdogs in the nation. The award is for fidelity to the Constitution, which I took an oath to protect and defend. While many people seek to reinterpret long standing jurisprudence dealing with both natural and legal rights for all of America, and for Arizonans more specifically, I have been committed to the course of “securing the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity.” As …

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Report from the Capitol: 7 March 2018

Report from the Capitol: 7 March 2018

HB-2003, the bill to eliminate transaction privilege tax (TPT) on coal used to generate electricity to our growing population passed out of the House on a party-line vote. While we see a move to on-demand electric generation, we also see that a 100% renewable electric generation world is not attainable. This bill contributes to the effort to keep Navajo Generating Station (NGS) operating, and baseload power flowing to our homes and businesses. NGS was commissioned by Congress to replace hydro-power dams and has a planned …

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The Reality of K-12 School Funding

The Reality of K-12 School Funding

The ongoing challenge related to school funding should not be an adversarial, them against us argument, but rather a unified front to claim the solutions that are within reach. In every state, K-12 education funding is paid for with state and federal taxpayer dollars. Each state has its scheme for what to tax, how to tax it and how much taxpayers pay into the plan. There are three basic issues at the foundation of the matter.

Tax Base and who controls it
Tax Rate and who pays …

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Report from the Capitol: 23 February 2018

It was a very busy week, with many House bills passing through the process and going over to the Senate for hearings and approval. A summary of the activity and what it means is below.

HB-2203, a bill to empower the State Forester to care for our watersheds as well as our forests may seem like an expansion of authority, but it is not. It is a more accurate description of what the State Forester is already doing. This is a move to prevent the potential …

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Report from the Capitol: 20 February 2018

Report from the Capitol: 20 February 2018

Rio Nuevo Update…

A press release was made contradicting misinformation and disinformation that has been circulating around the Rio Nuevo District extension to 2035. For more information, click the link Press Release.

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Report from the Capitol: 14 February 2018

Report from the Capitol: 14 February 2018

The opening of the session…

On January 8th, the Second Session of the 53rd Term of the Arizona Legislature opened with a State of the State address where the Governor detailed what he wanted to see addressed. Within short order, the Legislature adjourned and went into special session to address the opioid crisis that has plagued America and Arizona for several years. Once that legislation was passed, it was off to the Governor for signing, on January 26th, https://azgovernor.gov/governor/news/2018/01/arizona-joins-together-pass-opioid-legislation.  Unfortunately, that activity suspended the normal business …

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Arizona Named the Most Pro-Life State

Arizona Named the Most Pro-Life State

After a “comprehensive analysis of each state’s legal protections for human life from conception to natural death,” AUL’s legal team gave Arizona the highly coveted #1 ranking as the most pro-life state in the country. That is the state that provides women and their children the most legal protections. Arizona was closely followed by Arkansas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Kansas.

In 2017, AUL ranked Arizona as the #5 most protective state and was one of only four states named as AUL All-Stars, but this is the first …

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Call for AG Opinion on ABOR Authority

Call for AG Opinion on ABOR Authority

The Arizona Board of Regents has been in the news a lot lately, and so it will be for many months to come.

In the course of conducting due diligence regarding the authority of ABOR and the Legislature I asked the Arizona Attorney General to provide a written, informal opinion paper on what authority each body has, and where it comes from.  The request was made this past September as part of a larger effort to examine the restructuring of ABOR.

Yesterday’s press release…

Representative Mark Finchem Requests …

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On Automatic Voter Registration

On Automatic Voter Registration

I have received hundreds of emails recently allegedly from knowledgable individuals.  Actually the emails are all identical in content.  Many of the people who I respond to had no idea the email was sent in their name.  In reality, these folks who registered with an entity were enrolled in an automatic email (spam) campaign.

I remain unconvinced that automatic voter registration is the answer to increased voter participation.  Until we address voter apathy we will not see increased participation.

I can think of no more certain way …

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