Budget Adds $50 Million For COVID-19 Response

Budget Adds $50 Million For COVID-19 Response

PHOENIX⁠ — Earlier today, Governor Ducey signed a bipartisan state budget agreement, that I voted for, which adds $50 million for Arizona’s COVID-19 response — dollars to assist Arizonans needing eviction assistance, struggling small businesses, our food banks and our homeless population.The budget also fully funds essential services—such as child safety and public safety—while completing the 20×2020 teacher pay raise and adding new dollars for schools and resources to repair prison locks. Governor Ducey issued a signing letter along with today’s budget package. In it he said:“I …

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ARPA Names “Rock Star” Endorsement

ARPA Names “Rock Star” Endorsement

I am honored to announce that I have received the Arizona Rock Products Association (ARPA), highest honor. In a statement from ARPA I was informed, 

“On behalf of the Arizona Rock Products Association and its members, I am pleased to inform you that you received ARPA’s highest honor. You have been deemed to be an ARPA “Rock Star.” This designation is based on your exemplary voting record on key policy matters along with an outstanding level of decorum, availability, engagement and knowledge of natural resources issues …

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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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Fostering Economic Development

Fostering Economic Development

The Rio Nuevo Board on Thursday approved a nearly $16 million budget for fiscal year 2018-19 and advanced the execution of leases for the 75 E. Broadway retail/office/parking project. House Bill 2546, an economic development bill that I sponsored and guided through the amendment process, extended the time permitted for Rio Nuevo to complete projects in its pipeline and to attract even more job creators. While some may disagree with the move, nobody can argue with the rebirth that is occurring in Tucson.

Revenue in the …

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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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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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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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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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WHAT? “Raising Taxes by 80% Won’t Impact Economic Growth.”

WHAT?  “Raising Taxes by 80% Won’t Impact Economic Growth.”

Watching liberal academic justify social injustice is a cross between a comedy show and a horror movie.

What is most scary about the notion that “raising taxes by 80% won’t impact economic growth” is the sense of government entitlement to your property.  We’ve all heard the example of poor performance by government of a task that is done far better in the private sector (Veterans Administration, Social Security, and he list goes on), so why do ne’er-do-well liberals insist on the social injustice of confiscation to …

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