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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The Outlook is good for the Grand Canyon State’s Economy

The Outlook is good for the Grand Canyon State’s Economy

There has never been a better time to be doing business in Arizona than now. Across the state, job creation is flourishing and business is booming. It’s no trick or fluke, as our economy has turned around following the last two years of the economic upswing, Arizona has benefited. This was only made better when Congress passed federal tax cuts.  As a result, employees around the state are seeing the benefits right in their paycheck as a result of recent federal tax cuts.

Arizona is home …

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Worth Repeating…”Teacher Vacancies Down”

Worth Repeating…”Teacher Vacancies Down”

Arizona Public Media: TUSD Supe: Teacher Vacancies Down, Fewer Than 1 Per School
Superintendent Trujillo says the increase in teacher pay from the state funding helped the district hire more people.

Brandon Mejia
Arizona Public Media
August 1, 2018

As kids in Tucson’s largest school district head back to class Thursday, the district has fewer teacher vacancies than in recent years, according to Tucson Unified School District Superintendent Gabriel Trujillo.

The district’s goal was to have fewer than one teacher vacancy per school in the district. For that to happen, TUSD would …

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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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Initiative Intent: Cleaning Up Clean Elections

Initiative Intent: Cleaning Up Clean Elections

Initiative Intent, just like legislative intent, can become a source of confusion.

Proposition * is a referral to the ballot, by the Legislature, of a voter protected statute that authorizes the Citizens Clean Election Commission and the process for government funding for people who wish to run for office. Many claim the intent of the law was to directly fund candidates and their effort to get elected.

Unfortunately, there are always those who seek to put definitions to a point beyond their reasonable limits. The issue in …

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An Honor & A Priveledge

An Honor & A Priveledge

I learned late yesterday that the Professional Firefighters of Arizona have endorsed me as their candidate of choice for the position of Legislative District 11 (Oro Valley, Marana, Red Rock, Saddlebrooke, Arizona City, and Maricopa City. It is an honor and a privilege to receive this unsolicited endorsement. Truly a “band of brothers” that I am proud to have served on the line with such men and women.

Professional Firefights of Arizona

This is an important endorsement, just like that of the Arizona Police Officers …

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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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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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