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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Arizona Technology Council Endorsement

Arizona Technology Council Endorsement

PHOENIX, June 24, 2018 – To help provide a comprehensive overview of Arizona Legislature candidates who can affect the technology industry, the Arizona Technology Council has released its 2018 endorsements. The support of these candidates is based on the most recent two-year voting records of incumbents, written responses to a survey and interviews of new candidates.

In a related move, the Council in a few weeks will publish its 2018 Vote TechSmart, a biennial voters guide that will offer details of its official endorsements of candidates …

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“Capital is a Coward”

“Capital is a Coward”

A favorite quote of Thomas Friedman (2006) is, “capital is a coward, not loyal and not patriotic.” It’s a favorite of mine because it is a context setter. The quote is from a book Friedman authored titled, “Thank You for Being Late, An Optomist’s Guide for Thriving in the Age of Accelerations.” Why this is an important context setter will be evident in a moment.

From roughly 2000 to 2008 Arizona experienced a boom, like many other states there was an environment of, as Alan Greenspan …

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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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Violent Crime and Public Policy Responses

Violent Crime and Public Policy Responses

Mother’s Against Drunk Drivers (MADD) has been a very effective organization. “MADD was incorporated on September 5, 1980, the mission or purposes of MADD as stated in its Articles of Incorporation were “To aid the victims of crimes performed by individuals driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, to aid the families of such victims and to increase public awareness of the problem of drinking and drugged driving,” (MADD Web site, 2018). MADD learned a valuable lesson during their first 4 years and then changed …

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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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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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Real Leadership for Veteran Medical Care

Real Leadership for Veteran Medical Care

After over 2-years of hearings and investigation I am pleased to announce that Governor Ducey agreed with the House and Senate signing HB-2513 into law. Titled “hyperbaric oxygen therapy; veterans; fund,” the law establishes a $25,000 seed money fund to assist with setting up the payment mechanism for veterans care.

KVOA, News 5 in Tucson ran a special report recently on what the treatment does, and the local provider title, “Arizona moves forward with hyperbaric oxygen treatment for veterans.”

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) has been experienced by many …

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Notes from the Capitol: 7 April 2018

Notes from the Capitol: 7 April 2018

HB-2456, commonly known s the Rio Nuevo District Extension was signed by Governor Ducey.

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Representative Mark Finchem (R-11) today praised Governor Ducey for signing the Rio Nuevo extension into law.

HB 2456, which was sponsored by Representative Finchem, extends funding for the Rio Nuevo Multipurpose Facilities District until its scheduled dissolution in 2035, prohibits future bonding, authorizes money paid to Rio Nuevo to be used for debt service on existing bonds and contractual obligations, requires proceeds from the sale of property to be …

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