It’s Hard to Argue With Results

It’s Hard to Argue With Results

Results, not intentions, are the best measure of performance…

With all of the talk about taxing the rich more, and demands for even more state tax revenue, it is important to highlight how to grow out of a financial hole. Many will remember the devastation that came upon Arizona, like many states, between 2008 and 2013. Many people lost jobs, homes, their retirement net eggs, and even careers. It is nice to see that sound economic policy that is putting more back in the hands of …

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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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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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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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Bias In The Media? Yer Kidd’in

Bias In The Media? Yer Kidd’in

How About A Little Integrity?
In his recent recent Op-Ed, Abe Kwok of the Arizona Republic stated the following:
 
“At the Capitol, lawmakers who so championed ESAs, such as Sen. Debbie Lesko, have been less enthusiastic about authorizing money for oversight that the law entitles and silent about the opaque inspection of the program”
 
There was one small problem with Abe’s statement, it was blatantly inaccurate.  Abe has been asked to correct his statement publicly to reflect the fact that the legislature did indeed take into account the …

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Why Does NGS Matter?

Why Does NGS Matter?

The Navajo Generating Station (NGS) is an important component in the generation of what is called “base-load” electricity.  Base-load is that electricity generated when the wind isn’t blowing and the sun isn’t shining.  It is the energy that is always at the ready when we have hot summers and want the air conditioning on, that keeps our manufacturers manufacturing, and it is that energy that pushes water uphill in Arizona.

The article below is reprinted from the Navajo-Hopi Observer, link at the bottom.

The coal-fired Navajo …

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Arizona Recognized As Top State for Economic Competitiveness

Arizona Recognized As Top State for Economic Competitiveness

PHOENIX (June 8, 2017) – Large-scale economic development projects in key industries, ranging from aerospace to finance to manufacturing, have earned Arizona top recognition from two prominent trade publications.

In the Site Selection magazine 2017 Prosperity Cup, Arizona was ranked the #1 most competitive state in the mountain region, and Area Development Magazine has awarded Arizona a 2017 Gold Shovel Award as the top state in economic development in the five-million to eight-million population category.

Arizona topped seven other mountain region states— Nevada, Utah, Colorado, …

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Endorsements a Vote of Confidence

Endorsements a Vote of Confidence

As endorsements mount for my re-election I am given pause to consider that my positions reflect the concerns, wishes and priorities of the LD-11 constituency.  I’ve learned of the following endorsements over the last few weeks giving me encouragement that the cultural values I stand for align well with what my constituents want done.

Job Creator endorsements:

Southern Arizona Home Builders Association (SAHBA),
National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB),
Arizona Mining Association (AMA)
Arizona Trucking Association (ATA)

Public Safety endorsements:

Arizona State Lodge of he Fraternal Order of Police (AZFOP)
Arizona Police Officers …

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