March 2011 Legislative Update

I’m so thankful to all of you that are involved in our community and continue to provide me input on issues that affect the entire state.  Working together I know we can protect the principles that have made this nation great! Here’s an update on what’s going on:

I’m happy to report that my legislation which ensures that “government lives within its means” has passed out of the House of Representatives and the Senate Appropriations Committee.  Not only will this legislation prevent our state from getting into the same financial mess that we are currently in, but it provides a mechanism to pay back our state debt.  I am hopeful that the bill passes out of the senate and gets signed by the Governor.  This will be a very positive step for our state.

I am also happy to report that one of my other bills was inserted into the Jobs Bill and has been signed by the Governor.  The Jobs Bill is designed to bring high-paying jobs into the state and has already started to work.

My legislation to help constituents in Sun City has passed out of the House of Representatives and is awaiting a vote in the Senate. This legislation will prevent charter schools from operating in retirement communities and will help solve a problem that emerged in Sun City last year when a charter school owner tried to move his charter school into the retirement community.  The charter school association supports the bill. None of us can figure out why a school would want to move into a retirement community where children aren’t allowed to live.

In addition to those bills, my legislation that will provide more educational choice for students and provide more tools for teachers is progressing well.  Plus, my pro-life legislation should get a vote in the senate soon.

The House of Representatives, the Senate, and the Governor’s office continue to negotiate a budget and I am hoping we will reach a compromise soon.  The state is $2 Billion short and there are no easy solutions.  We want to balance the budget without raising taxes and without adding on more debt.  This is a very challenging task, but I am convinced that we can do it to save the future of our state.

As always, I welcome your input and ideas.  Feel free to contact me anytime at 602-926-5413 or DLesko@azleg.gov

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