January 8, 2015
Ahhh…2015! The New year always comes with hopes and expectations. And after the November elections, our political hopes loom even larger. Here is what I’m hoping – and will be working for this session at the Capitol.
- Fiscal restraint. Arizona’s budget picture is bleak for sure, but Gov. Ducey’s commitment to grow the economy without dinging taxpayers is something I can get behind. He gets it! [Read more]
January 4, 2015
Gilbert’s governing board made a decision – not to decide.
Remember back in October when Gilbert’s Governing Board voted to take action ensuring their textbooks comply with state law? (see the background here) Well, now apparently it isn’t nearly so urgent to honor that vote and the law.
It is not only troubling that Gilbert parents can’t trust their school board to act upon a prior board action, but unconscionable their students will continue to learn – in Science class - that ending life through abortion-causing contraception is natural and preferable to childbirth and adoption, as the latter concepts are omitted – which is contrary to state law. [Read more]
January 3, 2015
The “business” of government regulation is booming – and it’s crushing real businesses.
Yes, we’re still the financial capital of the world with a GDP of $16.7 trillion last year, nearly a quarter of the global total, but we’re falling further behind every year and regulators have a lot to do with it.
According to Forbes.com, “The U.S. ranks 18th in Forbes’ ninth annual ranking of the Best Countries for Business, down four spots from last year. It marks the fifth straight year of declines since 2009, when the U.S. ranked second.”
Government isn’t supposed to work this way. Let’s change it!
Which is why I’m sponsoring the Regulation Freedom Amendment this session: [Read more]
November 8, 2014
Obamacare’s State of Crisis - Jonathan Gruber – the law’s chief architect, boasted publicly that the act was structured to let the administration “squeeze the States to do it”—to set up exchanges themselves. There’s no denying its intent.
Healthcare for me, possibly not for Thee - We know about the IPAB, Dr. Jason Fodeman warns of the roles of PCORI and VBPM.
ACA Goes to Rewrite - Good news/bad news: If the Supreme Court tolerates the administration’s rewrite of Obamacare, what law won’t be at risk for a rewrite based on political convenience?
Democrats Loved Jonathan Gruber..before they forgot who he was - What it took to get the bill passed – the video.
October 29, 2014
Things to know and ways to help before the big day next Tuesday. Your vote will make a difference! And your involvement can make or break a tight race, too. My race is wrapped up (thank you again for your support!). I have no general election opponent, but others are pretty tight.
- Judges? These are my picks for a YES vote: Robert Brutinel, Cynthia Baily, James Blomo, Boyd Dunn, Roger Brodman, Janice Crawford, Michael Herrod, Carey Hyatt, Brian Ishikawa, Joan Sinclair, Pamela Svoboda, Danielle Viola.
- Need info on the Propositions? Check this out.
- Phone bank for Ducey for Governor – Sign up for a shift to call undecided voters here. 4455 E. Camelback Rd. Suite E 260 Phoenix, 85018
- Get out the vote party for Michele Reagan for Secretary of State: Thursday, Oct. 30 at 4:00 p.m. LD 23 office – 7047 E. Greenway Pkwy, #250, Scottsdale
- Election Prayer: This Sunday, November 2nd from 2-5 p.m. at the State Capitol and at Pureheart Christian Fellowship at 6:30 p.m.
- Election Night Celebration at the HYATT downtown and stop by Suite 322 – where I will be joining Congressman Trent Franks. Festivities begin around 7:00 p.m.
- CAP Post Election Wrap-up with Hugh Hewitt: Friday, November 7th. Click here for more info.
October 25, 2014
Gilbert’s aren’t – but will be soon now that the Gilbert School Board voted to have their science/biology books come into compliance (Read Townhall news coverage).
Some may remember that in 2012 Arizona passed a law I sponsored (SB1009) that gives preference, encouragement & support to childbirth & adoption over elective abortion in our public schools. Nonetheless, efforts to openly flout the law continue. Last January, for instance, the Tempe Unified School District ALMOST adopted a Planned Parenthood sex education curriculum that did not adhere to the law, but when 240 concerned parents showed up to support the law, they backed off somewhat and only adopted part of it. Alliance Defending Freedom and other groups got involved, as well.
Here’s what’s happening in Gilbert: Recently I learned from an involved parent that five out of the seven BIOLOGY and SCIENCE textbooks used in Gilbert Public School District are not law-abiding either. [Read more]
October 16, 2014
STATEMENT BY LEGISLATORS OPPOSED TO PROPOSITION 480
The undersigned members of the Arizona Legislature oppose Proposition 480 for three basic reasons: cost, growth of government and uncertainty due to the many changes in the health-care delivery system. [Read more]
October 1, 2014
Candidates run for office for many reasons – not just to replace Common Core. Consider these candidates and their views on a host of issues before you vote:
October 1, 2014
Ready for some good news about our economy?
Bio-science industries are thriving in Arizona – spurring economic growth and helping patients. For starters, here are the Bioscience companies and organizations just within DISTRICT 15:
Chromosomal Laboratories, Inc.; DNA Consultants; ErrorTec; John C. Lincoln Deer Valley Hospital; Mayo Clinic Hospital; Noraxon; Pinnacle Transplant Technologies; PsyPharma Global; Science Care
And for a difference 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
October 1, 2014
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 taxpayer – 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]