New Gun Laws

April 11, 2011

Let’s stop with the fear-mongering over whether law-abiding citizens ought to be able to defend themselves in this world we wish were danger-free.  In the real world bad dudes carry – often with intent to harm – whether a building sports a “Gun-Free Zone” sign or not.

Some may not have all their wits about them – like the Jared Loughners of the world – others may have a vendetta they won’t hesitate to carry out at a workplace, church or school campus – anywhere – especially where there’s a sign disarming anyone who might get in their way – like an armed citizen. [Read more]

AZ Empowerment bill moves ahead

April 10, 2011

SB 1553 passed a final vote in the Senate and is headed for the Governor desk… The bill will give Arizona special ed students the education opportunities they need.  Read the summary:  SB 1553

Background:  As you may know, in 2006 then Governor Janet Napolitano signed into law Arizona’s Scholarship for Pupils with Disabilities, a school voucher program for special needs children.  The Arizona Supreme Court struck down this program based on a provision in the Arizona Constitution called the Blaine Amendment. The Blaine Amendment prohibits aid or support to religious schools and 37 states have similar provisions. The Arizona Supreme Court gave us, in their ruling, a way to structure a program that would be compatible with the Blaine Amendment. This bill is based on the Arizona Supreme Court’s very own suggestion: the State should give education funds directly to parents of special needs children and allow them to spend the money on a wide range of options and services. [Read more]

Students Win in Court Ruling

April 10, 2011

Congressman Trent Franks, author of the legislation creating the Arizona tuition tax credit program, comments on the U.S. Supreme Court’s historic ruling:  

Franks Praises Supreme Court Ruling on AZ Tuition Tax Credit Program

April 4, 2011 – Following today’s ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court in which challenges to Arizona’s Scholarship Tax Credit program were thrown out, Congressman Trent Franks (AZ-02) released the following statement:

“Today’s Supreme Court ruling marks a brighter day for America’s children and coming generations.

“Whether and how our children are educated represents, perhaps more than any other factor, the paradigm of America’s future.

“Ultimately, one of two people will decide the academic, philosophical and spiritual composition of that education. It will be a bureaucrat who doesn’t know the child’s name, or a parent who would pour their last drop of blood out on behalf of the child they love.” [Read more]

Abortion Funding in AZ

April 10, 2011

The courts have said time and time again that a woman’s legal right to choose an abortion does not demand that taxpayers pay for it.  SB 1265/HB 2384 is not about whether or not abortion should be legal – it will not prohibit one abortion. 

What this bill will do is put us in solidarity with the 240 United State Congressmen who voted just a few weeks ago to protect our federal tax dollars from subsidizing the abortion industry.

As Congressman Mike Pence said on the House Floor, “Nobody is saying that Planned Parenthood can’t be the leading advocate of abortion on demand in America…but why do I have to pay for it?” [Read more]

Repeal of 1099 rule a victory for business

April 10, 2011

AZ Chamber of Commerce & Industry Pres. & CEO Glenn Hamer writes:

Buried deep in the thousands of pages of legislation that gave birth to the federal health care overhaul last year was a provision that had businesspeople of all political stripes steamed.

According to the bill, all businesses would have to file IRS tax form 1099 to report anyone with whom they did more than $600 worth of business in a given year. The administration said this would be a way to crack down on folks who were dodging taxes and, as a result, help fund the massive new healthcare scheme.

But for businesses – especially small ones – the 1099 provision was a recipe for a headache and a wrestling match with red tape. In the name of generating more tax revenue, the IRS would be burying entrepreneurs and mom and pop shops in paperwork.

But relief is almost here. The Senate on Tuesday passed by a wide, bipartisan margin a repeal of the 1099 provision and the bill is now headed to the president’s desk and his awaiting signature. According to a White House spokesman, “Small businesses are the engine of our economy, and eliminating the 1099 reporting requirement is the right thing to do.” [Read more]