Category Archives: News

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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Education Funding Increase-Nov 2015

Education Funding Increase-Nov 2015

The State Legislature passed a package of legislation that will increase funding to schools by $3.5 Billion over 10 years and settle a years-old education funding lawsuit.   This was a win for the students, the Governor, the Legislature, and Republicans.  … Continue reading

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Education Funding Q&A- October 2015

Education Funding Q&A- October 2015

EDUCATION FUNDING Q&A from constituents, plus election info: How much money do AZ public school districts get? According to the Joint Legislative Budget Committee, the AZ Dept. of Education, and the AZ Auditor General’s reports, The state average = $9,096/student/year … Continue reading

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August 2015

August 2015

HEALTHCARE UPDATE: Governor Ducey’s new plan for AHCCCS, Arizona’s healthcare program for low-income citizens, promotes personal responsibility and helps encourage able-bodied adults to transition into careers. Currently, 1 out of every 4 Arizona residents receives free healthcare through AHCCCS (AZ … Continue reading

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June 2015

June 2015

ENERGY UPDATE: 1.  I’m pleased that the Council of State Governments, a national organization comprised of legislators from across the nation, voted to include my roof-top solar consumer protection legislation, SB1465, in their suggested state legislation portfolio. 2.  To better understand my … Continue reading

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May 2015

May 2015

May 2015 Water and Energy.  What can be more important in Arizona?  We rely on both every day. That is why I am passionate about these issues and why I requested and was assigned to serve on the Senate Water … Continue reading

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State of Education in Arizona- Budget Update 4-16-15

State of Education in Arizona- Budget Update 4-16-15

The state of Education in Arizona – April 2015 K-12 Education makes of 43% of the state general fund spending. Below is a list of spending by Agency: Department:            Total:                       Percent: K-12 Education    $ 3,889,569,400    … Continue reading

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Feb. 2015

Feb. 2015

February 2015 1.  Governor’s Ducey’s budget proposal focuses on putting more money in the classroom.  His proposal increases K-12 classroom funding by $160 Million and reduces K-12 non-classroom funding by $113.5 Million, for a net increase in education funding. Unfortunately, … Continue reading

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January 2015

January 2015

January 2015 I was sworn into office on January 12th as your new State Senator and I am off and running working hard for you. I am very pleased that I have been named the Chairman of the Senate Finance … Continue reading

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