Congressmen Introduce Bill to End Taxation of Gold and Silver

Congressmen Introduce Bill to End Taxation of Gold and Silver

Arizona has been a consistent leader in this arena. It appears that we have gotten the attention of Congress, and have given the good Congressmen a platform that can restore legitimacy to our currency, aka “honest money”.

Washington, DC (September 7, 2018) – The battle to end taxation of constitutional money has reached the federal level as U.S. Representative Alex Mooney (R-WV) today introduced sound money legislation to remove all federal income taxation from gold and silver coins and bullion.

The Monetary Metals Tax Neutrality Act – …

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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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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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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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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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