July Update

July 30, 2014

Laws mean what they say – even Obamacare:  Last week’s D.C. Circuit Court ruled the administration cannot change the law to fit the circumstances, meaning the insurance subsidies folks are getting in 36 states, including Arizona, are illegal.  From here the question is almost certain to go to the Supreme Court.

  • Sen. Barto featured in Sunday Republic’s “What if” question of the week. Check out What if: The Supreme Court rules subsides can’t be used and other Obamacare news and what it means to the future of the law.
  • Was it or wasn’t it a tax hike?  Robert Robb says it is fair to call the Obamacare Medicaid Expansion a tax increase, which is one of the main reasons Legislators who voted against it hope to prevail in court.  The tax passed with only a majority of legislators voting aye, rather than the required 2/3 required by voters in order to increase taxes.  Arizona should expand the Medicaid program on our own terms and within Arizona’s budget constraints – not the Federal Government’s.
  • Is reporting rape worth the “hassle”?   Legislators joined the Arizona Life Coalition Thursday outside a Tempe Planned Parenthood to demand an investigation of a mandatory reporter that didn’t think so – and a rapist went on to commit other crimes.   See clips of the rally and other photos and Channel 3 coverage.
  • On the Border Crisis & Arizona.  Apparently Arizona licensed foster parents are being recruited to care for the unaccompanied minors illegally immigrating through the Rio Grande Valley over the next 12 months.  Unlicensed families are being recruited and offered an expedited licensure & training process, as well.  Lots of questions remain unanswered, like “whether this will affect the pool of available foster homes for Arizona’s children awaiting loving homes in our child welfare system?” and “why isn’t an expedited licensure process available for qualified homes for Arizona’s kids – is our crisis over?” and “are these families being paid hundreds of dollars more/child to care for these children than for those in DCS?”  So far – no answers.
  • Senate defeats Democrats’ bill to “overturn” Supreme Court decision protecting Hobby Lobby - thankfully, even the Democrat-controlled U.S. Senate couldn’t pass such an anti-religious freedom measure!

What if: Obamacare subsidies can’t be used?

July 28, 2014

What if: The Supreme Court rules Obamacare subsidies can’t be used in federal exchanges?The AZ Republic asks Sen. Barto and Blue Cross Blue Shield to weigh in on the question.   Why the latest court decision challenging the IRS runaround the law may be the greatest threat to the law & the linchpin that drives Congress to open up the law to reforms that Americans need and want - alternatives based on a strategy of Freedom. [Read more]

Business groups give Barto high marks

July 3, 2014

Nancy is also endorsed for the State Senate in 2014 by:

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Expect performance – Get performance!

June 17, 2014

You might have missed the great reading progress made by Arizona students reported in the Arizona Republic.  It wasn’t painted in the most positive terms by its author.  The news that “Fewer than expected fail 3rd-grade reading” should be cause for celebration.  Why wasn’t it? [Read more]

2014 Session Synopsis

June 3, 2014

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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Barto tops ranking in bills signed into law

June 2, 2014

Of my 23 Prime Sponsored bills, 15 were signed into law this session.  All passed with overwhelming bi-partisan support, if not unanimously.

At 65%, that is the highest % of bills passed by a lawmaker this session.  Here’s the Arizona Capitol Times piece: Barto, Lovas lead in percentage of bills signed into law.

I am proud of these successes because each of them address concerns that are important to our state – and don’t increase the scope of government.   In fact, in many cases, they reduced regulation, solved a critical issue, expanded consumer information or choice or kept an “out-of-control” board government agency in check.  Here are some examples: [Read more]

Be an informer – host a candidate event!

May 30, 2014

Who do your friends, family, neighbors and co-workers rely on for information about candidates?  You can be that person!

Host a candidate coffee or reception.  To schedule a date/time, send an email to:

 Info@NancyBarto.com

Now’s the time to plan YOUR event and make a difference in this year’s elections!

IMPORTANT:  Did you know you can vote in the August primary even if you are an Independent?  Request YOUR early ballot to vote today!

What if you were diagnosed ‘terminal’?

May 30, 2014

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]

I’m official – Thank you!!

May 30, 2014

Campaign- here we come!

On May 5th I turned in 1,159 signatures to the Secretary of State’s office – qualifying me for the primary ballot. Number needed – 546.

Thank you to all who gathered signatures on my behalf and to those who signed my petition online!

Your support has been amazing!

Check out the pic: 

And be ready for the primary election:  August 26th, 2014

Dept. of Child Safety – the new CPS

May 30, 2014

The Department of Child Safety is officially separate from the huge DES bureaucracy it had been part of.  That is progress.

The bill is a product of months of work among a diverse group, of which I am honored to have had a part, to create what we all hope will be a new and positive beginning for helping safeguard abused children in the state.

Here are the bill’s main provisions:  [Read more]

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