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Lesko Legislative Update 2-19-17

Lesko Legislative Update 2-19-17

Legislative Update from Senator Debbie Lesko: K-12 EDUCATION: The amount our state is spending on public education continues to increase every year and students are making improvements in national scores.  Public schools get money from different pots.  They get money … Continue reading

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JLBC memo on School Choice Cost Comparison 2-17-17

JLBC memo on School Choice Cost Comparison 2-17-17

Joint Legislative Budget Committee Staff Memorandum 1716 West Adams Telephone: (602) 926-5491 Phoenix, Arizona 85007 azleg.gov DATE: February 17, 2017 TO: Senator Debbie Lesko FROM: Matt Beienburg, Fiscal Analyst SUBJECT: REQUESTED SCHOOL CHOICE COST COMPARISON This memo responds to your … Continue reading

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ESA (SB1431) Fiscal Analysis 2-26-17

ESA (SB1431) Fiscal Analysis 2-26-17

ESA Fiscal Analysis (SB1431): ·    ESAs provide another option for parents to choose the best education for their child ·    ESAs save taxpayer money (See A below) ·    ESAs cost less to the State General Fund than if a student … Continue reading

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December 2016

December 2016

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Holidays and Happy New Year! I wish all of you a happy, healthy and blessed 2017. 2016 was a good year at the Arizona legislature.  We increased funding for education, reformed the firefighter and police … Continue reading

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November 2016

November 2016

Thank you for re-electing me to the Arizona State Senate!  I am truly blessed to have the support of so many great people and to work at a job where I can make a positive difference in our state and … Continue reading

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Nov. 8th Ballot Measures

Nov. 8th Ballot Measures

Nov. 8th Ballot Measures: Note: None of these ballot measures were referred to the ballot by the legislature and the legislature cannot change the ballot measures with a majority vote even if there are unintended consequences with the ballot measures. … Continue reading

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April 2016- Prop 123 & 124

April 2016- Prop 123 & 124

Why I VOTED YES to refer Propositions 123 and 124 to the ballot: A. Proposition 123 (Education Funding): Republicans and Democrats in the AZ Legislature voted to refer Proposition 123 to the ballot in order to increase funding for K-12 … Continue reading

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Feb. 2016

Feb. 2016

I am very pleased that my pension reform legislation, SB1428, passed out of the legislature with bipartisan support, was signed by the governor, and will be on the May 17th ballot!  After one year of negotiations with fire fighter and … Continue reading

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January 2016

January 2016

2016 has started out with a bang!  Our legislative session started on January 11th, the governor released his budget proposal on January 15th, and I’ve introduced  legislation to help my constituents and the state. 1. The State Budget: The Good … Continue reading

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December 2015

December 2015

MERRY CHRISTMAS, HAPPY HOLIDAYS, and BEST WISHES for 2016! The Secret to Happiness: I recently heard a speech based on research that determined that people who are thankful are happier. I believe they are right. I am thankful for what … Continue reading

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