Where Does It All Go?

Where Does It All Go?

The Fiscal Year 2018 State of Arizona Budget totals over $9.86 Billion and taxpayers are funding a lot of priorities.  The highest among them is Education.

Budget Basics
Each year, the Joint Legislative Budget Committee Staff publishes an Appropriations Report, which includes summary information on the most recently enacted budget and agency-by-agency details.  The Report reads like a book including both numbers and descriptions of what the Legislature intends to see happen with the appropriations that are authorized on behalf of the Taxpayers.  In this book, you …

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What They Said v. What They Meant

What They Said v. What They Meant

On the matter of authority.  Once again the Court seizes power not necessiarily granted it under the Federal Constitution (as it did under Marbury v. Madison).  I speak of the intervention of the Court to block POTUS’ travel ban on people coming to America from certain countries, identified by the previous administration as states friendly to promoting terrorism around the globe.  In the twisted logic of this branch challenge, the court wants to apply what POTUS was thinking prior to his taking of office in …

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HB 2014 “Legal Tender Exchange; Tax Effect” Signed

HB 2014 “Legal Tender Exchange; Tax Effect” Signed

On May 10, just two days prior to the end of the first session of the 53rd Arizona Legislature, House Bill 2014 was transmitted to the Governor.  Today he signed the bill that finally treats the exchange of one type of American currency for another as an exchange and not a sale.  In a statement earlier today, I reminded constituents that, “We don’t buy one kind of money with another kind, we exchange currency, one species for another.

Current law, A.R.S. § 43-1001 states that “Arizona …

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Teaching Free Speech in America

Teaching Free Speech in America

With the endless platitudes spoken about K-12 public schools and universities teaching “critical thinking”, and the leftist demands for “net neutrality” in the media, I am not surprised to see the sustained assault on free speech by a Christian student at a school that accepts federally guaranteed student loans.  In fact, the only school in America that I am aware of that does not receive any taxpayer-supported student financing is the well insulated, and thus totally free Hillsdale College.

It seems Georgia’s Gwinnett College now has …

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Arizona Education Competition is Good Public Policy

Arizona Education Competition is Good Public Policy

The introduction of meaningful competition into any arena drives improvement whether the objective is to improve a product or a service.  Take for example the competition between Apple and Samsung, a constant battle over who can make a better device.  In the service industry we need only consider what businesses we prefer to patron and why.  The same has been proven to be true in education.

THE NATIONAL ASSESSMENT OF EDUCATIONAL PROGRESS (NAEP) FOUND HIGH RANKINGS FOR ARIZONA PUBLIC EDUCATION

The National Assessment of Educational Progress operates …

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Enhanced Education Funding Passes the Arizona Legislature

Last night in a Special Session called by Governor Doug Ducey, we passed a set of three bills designed to enhance K-12 school funding.  The move has not been without controversy, caused primarily by the interpretation of the word “or” by a lower court, activist judge, who substituted the plain meaning of the word for that of another.  The substitution of definitions, resulted in a financial burden that would have bankrupted the state.

Webster’s Dictionary, recognized by K-12 school systems, universities, colleges and yes, …

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What is the Meaning of an Oath?

What is the Meaning of an Oath?

All elected officials take an oath of office.  In every instance that I know of the Oath speaks to the Supremacy Clause of the Constitution of the united States, and the commitment of the office holder to “protect and defend the Constitution of the united States, and of this state against all enemies foreign and domestic.”  I doubt that any of my peers take the oath lightly, but I question if some understand what it says.

This oath does not have an expiration date, nor does it …

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HB 2173 and “Legal Tender”

HB 2173 and “Legal Tender”

HB 2173 has passed from the Arizona House of Representatives and to the Senate and quickly made its way through the Banking and Rules Committees. I’ve been asked by several constituents to explain why we need this piece of legislation, and what does it mean.

I may seem odd to hear a REALTOR say there is no such thing as “appreciation”, but think about it this way. If you bought a home in 1985 for $150,000 and sold it in 2015 for $300,000 did it really …

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The Importance of Co-Equal Sovereigns

The Importance of Co-Equal Sovereigns

Kurt Schlichter, writing for TownHall.com, has done a great service to our nation.  He summarized what the alternative to the “Rule of Law” is.  History has proven over and over again the cycle of rise and fall.  The alternative?  It is the “Rule of Power”, and the rule of power is not supported with a common understanding that there is a Constitution that guides us and our affairs even to the level of day to day life and how we act ethically and fairly with …

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A Watchman Warns: Are We on Our Way To Fascism?

A Watchman Warns: Are We on Our Way To Fascism?

First, let me explain why I am writing on the topic of “fascism”?  I am concerned that as the political process of our nation becomes corrupted by government and business working together against taxpayers our nation is in peril.  We hear about “special interests” and we see what they do, but we don’t often know who they are.

As if not bad enough, the people of our nation don’t know what fascism is, what it looks like or how it will affect them if “it” becomes …

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