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Clearly, the recently adjourned legislative session wasn’t the best, but it wasn’t the worst either.
I am disappointed in the budget because in many ways it represents the status quo and that is just not good enough for Arizona. We did little to restore funding for education and less to meet the needs of our state’s infrastructure. Last month’s special session solved the immediate crisis at CPS by creating and funding a new agency, the Department of Child Safety, but there was not the urgency needed to address the real causes of the crisis. We need to acknowledge that the budget cuts to the support services that helped so many families continue to care for their children in their own homes created the crisis. Until we fully restore daycare subsidies, family counseling services and substance abuse programs, I am concerned that far too many children will continue to be referred to our state’s protective services program.
Our budget needs to reflect our priorities. For me, that means we invest in our children, our public schools and our state universities -- and we need to make the kinds of investments that create more quality, high-paying jobs.
We had successes this 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 manufacturing of renewable energy technology, and appropriated funds for a Yarnell Hill Memorial Fund and Yarnell Hill Memorial State Park. I worked 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 in our state with no accountability as to how the money was being spent. And I know I was effective in my position as the ranking member on both the House Education and House Health Committees, working always to be your voice in the deliberation of pending legislation.
My work is not finished. I am convinced that my voice is needed beyond 2014 and that is why I am a candidate for my fourth term in the Arizona State House of Representatives. I very much want to continue to represent the people of the 28th Legislative District and I ask you for your support and your help with my campaign.
I am optimistic that we will be successful. My family and I value the continued support of thousands of residents of Legislative District 28 and concerned citizens from across the state. Together, we have all had a hand in moving the state forward. Thank you so much. Please don’t hesitate to contact me about any legislative issue.
All my best,