I was disappointed that we did little this past session to restore the funding cuts to education and less to restore the jobs lost in our economy. We had other choices. We still do, but we need to change our priorities for how we allocate our state revenues. Only when our state budget reflects a commitment to funding a K-12 public school system that prepares students for affordable higher education and for 21st century jobs, will we experience the economic growth that will truly move Arizona forward.
We had successes this past session. I was part of a bipartisan coalition that passed bills to combat sex trafficking and help victims of trafficking, created a tax credit for manufacturers that use renewable energy technology, and reformed our dysfunctional CPS system. I worked with my colleagues across the aisle to stop the expansion of Empowerment Scholarship Accounts, or vouchers, that would have transferred millions more from our public schools to private schools with no accountability as to how the money was being spent.
My work is not finished. I am convinced that my voice is still needed. As ranking member of both the House Education and House Health committees, I know I am an effective representative of the interests and concerns of my constituents.
My family and I value the continued support of thousands of residents of Legislative District 28 and concerned citizens from across the state. I am optimistic that with your help, I will return to the Legislature for my fourth – and final – term in the State House.
Please don’t hesitate to contact me about any legislative issue.