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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Report from the Capitol: 22 March 2018

Report from the Capitol: 22 March 2018

HB2158: I’ve received a number of emails and calls about the SB1390/HB2158 package to extend the Prop 301 Sales Tax for Education. I share the concern about education funding and the teacher shortage. I am inclined to support the proposed SB1390/HB2158 additional rate package. I have also done a good bit of research on the matter of unfilled teacher job opportunities. What I have found is something that most people in the educator ranks are not talking about. The Arizona Tax Research Association (ATRA, 2018) …

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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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EPA’s Clean Power Plan will raise energy prices by 45%

EPA’s Clean Power Plan will raise energy prices by 45%

No this is not fear mongering, it is fact as reported by multiple sources.  The EPA has been taking comments on their new regulations and the comment period ends this weekend on November 31. The EPA “Clean Power Plan” creates the appearance of a problem to solve, then proposes a solution that will put Arizona infrastructure at risk and destroy family budgets. The EPA Clean Power plan (carbon rules) are a massive cost addition in to consumers already stressed daily living expenses.

The questionable rules will raise …

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Why Arizona Needs a Constitutional Tender Act

Why Arizona Needs a Constitutional Tender Act

It seems Governor Brewer lacked vision, while Representative Steve Smith showed a mind for advanced planning.  Brewer vetoed the Constitutional Tender Act that would have provided protection for Arizona residents who are capable of transacting business with gold and silver coins, rounds and other forms that are verifiable by content and weight.

Russia drop-kicks the US Dollar.

So, when the dollar goes lower because of mismanagement, the assault on oil and other lost opportunities by the Federal Reserve (the central bank private corporation with a government name) …

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