Business groups give Barto high marks

July 3, 2014

  • Americans for Prosperity: Friend of the Taxpayer  2011 -2014.

View Legislative scores.

Scored 100% – See how your legislator voted and the bills they voted for and against.  Here is the entire list of ‘Guardians‘.

  • Free Enterprise Club – Perfect Score:  “A”

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

Arizona Technology Council

Arizona Multi-Housing Association PAC

Arizona Realtors Association

 

 

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]

What is Value in Health Care?

June 11, 2014

Value-Based Payments -  Sounds good, but who defines what is valuable?

States can shed light on health care prices - Forbes’ praises Sen. Barto’s efforts improving price transparency in Arizona.

Medicare patients: Beware of ‘observation status’ in hospitals - And yes – this has everything to do with Obamacare and hospital penalties.

The short unhappy life of ObamaCare - High rates a problem?  Solution: federal bailouts! Who knew?

Health insurers expected to raise rates for next year - AZ’s Dept. of Ins must release the rest of the rate requests by month’s end. [Read more]

A 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!

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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]

Disclosure beyond the “Happy-gram”

April 21, 2014

April 21, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Governor signs bill that could save lives of many Arizona women

(Phoenix, State Capitol)–Governor Jan Brewer has signed SB 1225 into law.  This bill, sponsored by Senator Nancy Barto of Phoenix, would require health care providers to tell women if they have dense breast tissue.  This, according to Senator Barto, will allow women to make the most informed decision possible when screening for breast cancer, and likely save many lives. [Read more]

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