Reprint: Turning Arizona Into New Jersey

Reprint: Turning Arizona Into New Jersey

Turning Arizona Into New Jersey

WSJ Editorial, Sat., Aug. 25, 2018

Public unions fund initiatives to raise taxes and kill school choice.

The battle for Congress is drawing most media attention this year, but an underreported story is the campaign by public unions to turn multiple states sharply to the left. A bellwether is Arizona, where a pair of ballot initiatives would raise taxes toward New Jersey levels and reverse years of progress on education choice.

Unions have spearheaded two ballot initiatives to repeal an expansion of education-savings accounts …

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NFIB Endorsement

NFIB Endorsement

PHOENIX, Ariz., July 19, 2018—The political action committee for the state’s leading small-business association today announced its pre-primary endorsements for the Arizona State Legislature. The endorsements were made by NFIB Arizona PAC, which considered endorsements for candidates running for election to the legislative office they currently hold. Endorsements of candidates running for new seats will be announced after the August 28 Primary Election.

“Each of these candidates has a voting record that proves their commitment to small business and their advocacy for a business environment in …

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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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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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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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Free Enterprise Club Award

Free Enterprise Club Award

 The Arizona Free Enterprise Club today released highlights from our 2017 Legislative Scorecard, featuring the top performers of the 2017 Legislative Session.  In preparing the scorecard, the Club conducted a thorough review of all legislative action and key votes taken by lawmakers this session.

Overall there were 9 House Members and 7 Senators that scored an A+ on the Club’s report card for having a perfect voting record. Legislators that received a perfect score on the Club’s 2017 report card included:

House of Representatives

• Eddie Farnsworth …

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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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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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