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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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December 2014

December 2014

Lesko Legislative Update December 2014 Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and Happy Holidays! I am looking forward to being together on Christmas with my family. My three children, my two grandchildren, my mother, my brother, my sister, my in-laws, and spouses … Continue reading

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