A little work (requirement) never hurt anyone

September 11, 2017

Arizona is moving ahead with the proposal to add work requirements for able-bodied individuals to continue receiving Medicaid.  You would think the world was coming to an end, but as Naomi Lopez-Bauman from the Goldwater Institute put it in Sunday’s news coverage, “Instead of a safety net, Medicaid has become a poverty trap for some, where people are not working in order to keep free health care.”  Work requirements may fix that. [Read more]

Barto for House in 2018

September 11, 2017

2018 will be an election year and it’s not too early to start gathering petition signatures for my race. I hope to represent District 15 constituents in the House of Representatives as I will be term limited in the Senate.

Will you help?  If you like the job I am doing, it only takes a few moments to sign my candidate petition online.   Here’s what you need: [Read more]

Legislature Announces Ad Hoc Committee on Juvenile Justice

September 11, 2017

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Speaker of the House J.D. Mesnard (R-17) and Senate President Steve Yarbrough (R-17) today announced the creation of an Ad Hoc Study Committee on juvenile justice policies.

Speaker Mesnard has appointed House Majority Leader John Allen (R-15) and Representatives Heather Carter (R-15) and Tony Navarrete (D-30) to the committee, and President Yarbrough has appointed Senators Karen Fann (R-1), Nancy Barto (R-15), and Lupe Contreras (D-19). [Read more]

Scalia and Article V

September 11, 2017

Arizona’s State Capitol in Phoenix is the place and September 12th is the time.  Officially Commissioned delegates from around the country will gather to formalize the rules by which future amendments convention(s) dealing with Congressional Term Limits or a Balanced Budget Amendment will abide (BTW, we add $1 Billion to our national debt EVERY DAY).   The convention is open to the public.

Fears of a ‘runaway’ convention and half-truths persist, however, and a particularly egregious one is the late Justice Antonin Scalia’s opinion on states proposing amendments.  This piece from the Article V Caucus Newsletter  is worth a read.  Here’s an excerpt: [Read more]

Business at the Capitol & Beyond

September 11, 2017