I am honored and blessed to have been re-elected as your State Representative. To those of you that voted for me, I greatly appreciate your support.
In addition to my re-election by the voters, I am also humbled that my legislative peers elected me as House Majority Whip. The main responsibility of this leadership position is to ensure that the House of Representatives has the number of votes needed to pass important legislation. All State Legislative bills, including the budget bill, need 31 votes to pass out of the House of Representatives, 16 out of the Senate, and the Governor’s signature to become law. As you can imagine, this will be a challenging job.
The voters of Arizona have spoken loud and clear that they want State Legislators that will be financially responsible, protect the rights of U.S. Citizens, and promote freedom and liberty, instead of over-reaching government control. That is why voters overwhelmingly elected Republicans throughout the State.
I am very excited about the make-up of our House and Senate. The Legislators are full of energy, excitement, and a quest to make a difference in our state and nation. Unlike what some may believe, legislators run for office because they are passionate about helping Arizona and the Nation, much like other advocates who are passionate about a cause. Many give up careers and time for this $24,000/year job because they are concerned about the future of our state and nation and no longer want to sit on the sidelines. Instead, they have chosen to get in the game.
The next few years will be difficult. Tough decisions will have to be made. Unlike the Federal Government that can print more money, our State government must balance our budget. Our state is over $800 million short for this fiscal year and over $1 billion short for the next. When money was flowing in and times were good, past legislators, past Governors, and the voters, through propositions, added permanent spending programs that we can no longer sustain.
As we start a new legislative session in January, there will be tough challenges. But with these challenges, come opportunities. Our state has an opportunity to get its financial house in order and pass legislation that helps prevent future crises like we have today.
As always, feel free to contact me at 602-926-5413 or DLesko@azleg.gov if you have questions, comments, or suggestions to help. I always look forward to hearing from you.
May you have a Blessed Thanksgiving Holiday!