Things are moving – and some things aren’t! – in the world of the legislature and campaigning.
How to spend the state’s money – and how not to! We don’t have a final budget yet, but we’re getting closer. Here are some of the preliminary highlights….
- Reducing taxes and fees – $390 million
- Debt reduction – 1.3B in debt and pension liability reduction – (remember how we went into debt during the great recession, even selling off state buildings? In this budget, we’re paying off everything and shoring up our pension fund.)
- Water – $1B over three years – Water investments are key to our future as a state.
- Transportation and infrastructure – $1B – Pushing construction timelines up to meet the needs of our population.
- Border Security – $566 million – If the Feds won’t do it, the state must and it’s about time!
- K12 (includes school facilities) – $474 million
- School Resource Officers (SROs) – $50 million to fund more than 500 safety officers in our schools.
- Rainy Day Fund – $425 million
- Health, Mental Health and Welfare – $313 million – includes tackling the serious facility and accountability system gaps to appropriately care for individuals with chronic serious mental illness and reduce homelessness, crime and incarcerations – as well as for those with disabilities, pregnant women and vulnerable foster youth and adults.
- State Funded Salaries – $235 million (Corrections, Courts, DCS, and DPS); Retaining quality staff is affecting quality at the state as well as in the private sector.
- Public Safety (non-border) – $234 million
Abortion discriminates. This week, I was pleased to participate in a press conference convened by the Arizona Life Coalition on the discrimination of abortion, specifically its deadly impact on black Americans and unborn children with disabilities. Discrimination is a word the left loves to use, but ironically ignores when it matters most – the right to life. As we press closer and closer to a potential Supreme Court decision returning abortion policies to the states, the battle is heating up. Read Representative Blackman’s proclamation and my full remarks here.
We’ll only enforce the laws we want to? Meanwhile, Tucson is carrying on in the tradition of leftist cities that love to blatantly ignore laws that don’t align with their agenda. They recently passed a resolution to only do ‘paper’ enforcements of abortion laws. Read more here.
Party houses plague neighborhoods. Garbage, blaring obscene music, and traffic all weekend. This may not be affecting you, but out-of-control Airbnb’s (and other short term rentals) are turning many otherwise peaceful streets into noisy (and sometimes deadly) party pads throughout our state. While property rights of short-term rental owners are often a focus of the conversation, their neighbors deserve justice when their rights are blatantly violated every single weekend, ruining the culture of their neighborhoods. SB 1168 or another strong bill needs to pass this session, penalizing offenders and quickly removing their ability to do business if they refuse to respect the law – and their neighbors. 1168 passed the Senate with 22 votes early on and awaits a House vote after amendment details are finalized.
What’s at stake. In case we needed another reminder of how high and often absurd the stakes have become, baseball players recently came under fire for declining to use their jerseys to promote Pride month. And official retribution could be in the cards. Read the shocking story here. We’ve fought for strong laws in AZ, but the left always has their fire trained on us and without a strong majority, we’re just a rogue vote away from losing significant freedoms.
Threats to children’s innocence. Parents have traditionally had a fairly positive view of Anytown. It’s been a trusted camp experience where kids have fun and learn leadership skills, not a brainwashing clinic. Until now. Check out this sexual orientation exercise at Anytown Arizona and Unitown – the latest club in the Scottsdale Unified School District, bringing gender-identity drama to students.
On the trail… This week, I joined my teammates Maria Syms and Vera Gebran (and a group of grassroots volunteers!) to deliver yard signs to supporters across the district. It was warm, but we stayed hydrated and energized. Stay tuned for more- we would love to see you out there.
Stay engaged! Join me for an upcoming event or candidate forum, host a coffee, donate or request a yard sign (here for me – or here for our team!).
Check out the LD4 Strong Team on all the important issues!
Meet & Greets
Thursday, June 16, 5:30 PM – Paradise Valley, AZ – RSVP for Details here
Monday, June 20, 5:30 PM – Paradise Valley, AZ – RSVP for Details here
Wed, June 22 – Next LD4 Social at State 48 Lager Haus in Scottsdale – 5-8 p.m.
Confused by all the candidates? Attend an upcoming candidate forum!…
FreedomWorks U.S. Senate Debate – June 23, 2022 7:00 PM – tickets are going fast – get them here!
AmericaPack’s Secretary of State and State Treasurer debate on Friday, June 24 at 5:30 PM – details here!
GOP candidate forums – Get tickets here
- Superintendent of Public Instruction – June 14, 2022 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
- Attorney General – June 20, 2022 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM