Why NGS is Important to Southern Arizona

Why NGS is Important to Southern Arizona

On April 13th I was called to testify at the Congressional House Energy and Natural Resources Oversight Committee hearing regarding, “The Benefits of the Navajo Generating Station to Local Economies.” The hearing provided an opportunity to give southern Arizona a voice at the table, quite literally, to speak on the importance of long-range electric generation capability and capacity. One might ask, why is a northern Arizona power plant, Navajo Generating Station (NGS), important to southern Arizona, what’s the connection? The answer is more complicated than …

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Move to Save Jobs & Protect Our Power Grid

Move to Save Jobs & Protect Our Power Grid

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Representative Mark Finchem (R-11) has been requested to appear in Washington, D.C. to testify on the adverse effects that closing the Navajo Generating Station (NGS) would have on Arizona. The House Natural Resources Committee, Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources will hold an oversight hearing titled, “The Benefits of the Navajo Generating Station to Local Economies.”

For over a year, Representative Finchem, along with Senators Steve Smith (LD-11), Judy Burges (LD-24) and Sonny Borelli (LD-5), has worked diligently to find solutions that …

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Real Leadership for Veteran Medical Care

Real Leadership for Veteran Medical Care

After over 2-years of hearings and investigation I am pleased to announce that Governor Ducey agreed with the House and Senate signing HB-2513 into law. Titled “hyperbaric oxygen therapy; veterans; fund,” the law establishes a $25,000 seed money fund to assist with setting up the payment mechanism for veterans care.

KVOA, News 5 in Tucson ran a special report recently on what the treatment does, and the local provider title, “Arizona moves forward with hyperbaric oxygen treatment for veterans.”

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) has been experienced by many …

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Notes from the Capitol: 7 April 2018

Notes from the Capitol: 7 April 2018

HB-2456, commonly known s the Rio Nuevo District Extension was signed by Governor Ducey.

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Representative Mark Finchem (R-11) today praised Governor Ducey for signing the Rio Nuevo extension into law.

HB 2456, which was sponsored by Representative Finchem, extends funding for the Rio Nuevo Multipurpose Facilities District until its scheduled dissolution in 2035, prohibits future bonding, authorizes money paid to Rio Nuevo to be used for debt service on existing bonds and contractual obligations, requires proceeds from the sale of property to be …

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Arizona Momentum is Top-10 Strong

Arizona Momentum is Top-10 Strong

While Democrats continue to play divisional politics, we Republicans are showing real leadership. In large part due to the public policy decisions, Arizona now ranks #5 for economic momentum, and in the Top 10 for personal income growth, employment growth and population growth. People are fleeing states that have engaged in reckless spending and the high tax environment that hits the middle class and working poor the hardest. Where are they fleeing to? Yup, Arizona; in fact, so many people are coming to Arizona from …

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Tax Code Questions: Conform and Reform

Tax Code Questions: Conform and Reform

For the first time in over 30-years, the federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) has, made  significant changes to the federal tax code.The changes make the national tax code, more friendly to new investment activity and job creators, largely by making the tax code less distortionary with respect to free-market decisions made by thinking business owners.

According to the ASU Center for the Study or Economic Liberty, “For Arizona to take full advantage of those provisions, however, policymakers will be required to “conform” the state …

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Notes from The Capitol: 27 March 2018

Notes from The Capitol: 27 March 2018

It was an interesting day today with many introductions of people taking a stand against violence -more specifically gun violence- visiting The Capitol. For some time I have called on leaders in all three branches of state government to convene a panel to take a serious look at the occurance and nature of violence in Arizona, and the factors that trigger individuals to act out of anger. Without knowing what causes people to engage in violence more laws, on top of the laws we already …

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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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