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The Recipe for a Prosperous Arizona

August 25, 2014 · Leave a Comment 

A STRONG ECONOMY and more…

Government doesn’t create wealth, but it can impede it.  Low tax and regulatory environments attract business investment and allow existing businesses to thrive, creating the jobs that provide stable state revenues for education, public safety and infrastructure.   Check out my record of promoting policies supporting a prosperous economic future for Arizona. Read more »

Campaign 2014

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November Ballot Propositions

October 1, 2014 · Leave a Comment 

Proposition 480: Blank check or a shot in the arm for Arizona?

Have you noticed the new hospitals being built in the valley over the past 10 years?  Why are we doubling down on a publicly funded hospital that competes with them?  It makes no sense to increase taxes on small businesses that have seen their taxes rise 30% between 2009 and 2013 and are barely recovering from the recession.  Read this piece from the experts at the Arizona Tax Research Association - Arizona’s taxpayer watchdogs.  Further reading: Vote No on Prop. 480;  it’s expensive and unwise and Vote No on 480

Proposition 487:  Pension Reform or shenanigans? Read more »

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Education funding: Should the State pay up?

September 29, 2014 · Leave a Comment 

Tuned in to the elections this Fall?  In regards to education –  whether the State should pay up or appeal the court’s recent ruling to pay district schools hundreds of millions more per year is a major point of disagreement between the candidates – and for good reason.  The amount the state owes is still in question.

First – a little historical perspective is in order. Read more »

Legislative Action

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2014 Session Synopsis

June 3, 2014 · 1 Comment 

First – Where did the money go?

The State budget has General Fund spending $482 million above FY 14, for a total of $9.83 billion. The Republican Legislature continues to prioritize education and safety of Arizona’s children, with a full 75% of the new money going to three areas:  K-12, higher education, and the new Dept. of Child Safety.

  • K-12 – Total K-12 spending increased by $187.6 million
  • Child Safety – DCS spending increased by $120 million for a total of $845 million for DCS in ’15

SB 1224 (child safety positions) Appropriated $6,859,300, funding 192 full-time employees early in the session to CPS in this fiscal year – FY 2014, not counting an add’l 112 investigators, caseworkers and support staff in Special Session for the new Dept. of Child Safety (DCS).

  • Higher Education – Total University spending increased by $45.0 million

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Culture Watch

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What if you were diagnosed ‘terminal’?

May 30, 2014 · Leave a Comment 

Wouldn’t you want the option to try an experimental drug that might save or extend your life?

That option may be up to YOU, the Arizona voter.   This session, after learning what terminal patients go through to even be considered for a clinical trial to test  drugs in the FDA pipeline, the Arizona Legislature passed HCR 2005 , also known as the Terminal Patients Right-to-Try Act.  The measure allows patients diagnosed as terminal greater access to potentially life-saving drugs that have not completed final FDA approval.  The approval we’re talking about are drugs or therapies that have passed Stage 1, which means the drug won’t cause further harm to the patient, but the efficacy and side effects haven’t been fully vetted.  Read more »

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Bio-Science: Thriving Business in Arizona

October 1, 2014 · Leave a Comment 

Ready for some good news about our economy?

Arizona’s Bio-science research spurs economic growth and helps patients.

Here is just a slice of the picture.  Check out these numbers RE venture capital and job creation in Arizona:  

  • $182 million in NIH funding in 2013;
  • NIH grants awarded: 414
  • to obtain research and venture-capital for start-ups:  43 from Arizona’s 3 universities from 2010-2013;
  • Arizona is home to 1219 bioscience business establishments
  • NIH awarded $48 million to AZ companies from 2004-2009
  • Venture capital firms invested additional $289 million during that period
  • Annual wages averaging $71,277 compared to avg private sector of $35,702
  • Clinical trials leading to breakthroughs for patients:  colorectal cancer, heart disease, alzheimer’s (‘brain pacemaker’), valley Fever and infant pneumonia

Read more »

Legislative Action

2014 Session Synopsis

2014 Session Synopsis

First – Where did the money go? The State budget has General Fund spending $482 million above FY 14, for a total of $9.83 billion. The Republican Legislature continues to prioritize... [Read more]


News and Media

Education funding: Should the State pay up?

Education funding: Should the State pay up?

Tuned in to the elections this Fall?  In regards to education –  whether the State should pay up or appeal the court’s recent ruling to pay district schools hundreds... [Read more]