I am disappointed that we have not yet restored education funding to pre-recession levels and we have done little to bring quality jobs to Arizona. We had other choices. We still do, but we need to change our priorities on 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 have had successes. I was part of a bipartisan coalition that expanded Medicaid coverage to 300,000 Arizonans. I worked with my colleagues across the aisle to stop the further 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.
I know my work at the State Capitol is not finished. I am convinced that my voice is still needed. As the ranking member of the House Education, Appropriations and Health committees, I know I have been an effective representative of the interests and concerns of my constituents and I want to continue to advocate for Arizona's children and families in the State Senate.
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 as State Senator.
Please don’t hesitate to contact me about any legislative issue.