Some of the Issues that Face Arizona:
Jobs: This photo is of my recent Resolution Copper mine tour (I'm at the far left) 6,943 feet underground! Arizonans need good jobs and a growing economy in order to help our citizens, our families and the success of our great state. More businesses and job opportunities, not higher taxes, will provide increased revenue for cities, counties and the state, and will help our ailing economy including our real estate market and construction.
Low Taxes: Arizona businesses and families need the lowest possible taxes, that are spent responsibility and prudently by our city, county, state and federal governments. Increasing taxes, especially during a struggling economy, only prolongs our suffering.
Education: Three Arizona High Schools rank in the nation's top 10 best! As Chairman of the Government and Higher Education Committees and also serving on the Education committee, I know that Arizona students and their parents require high quality education (not expensive education) and a wide array of personal educational choices, that will generate great results (such as higher GPA and graduate rates) and prepare our students to become successful, prosperous members of our society. Our schools need smaller administrative staffs and overhead costs. Our terrific teachers need good salaries and rewards for their hard work and commitment to their student's quality education. By the way, the ACCCC just named me and Sen. Sylvia Allen as AZ Community Colleges 2016 Legislators of the Year.
Secured Borders: These photos are of one of my recent border tours where we helped a dehydrated Guatemalan illegal immigrant (I'm in the center of the top photo.) Arizonans require Constitutionally mandated secured, safe borders and Legal Immigration. If the federal government will not provide Arizona with safety from inconceivable border violence, armed drug cartels and illegal immigration, then Arizona must turn to the courts to force the federal government to fulfill its requirements, and Arizona must protect our Arizona borders.
Law and Order (safety): Arizonans require safe streets and communities, with responsive, professional law enforcement that protects our citizens, and responds appropriately to those who disrespect and break our laws.
Healthcare: ObamaCare (the "Unaffordable Care Act"), must be repealed, and replaced with true healthcare reforms, such as tort reform, greater choice through cross-state insurance company competition, less government regulation and strict criminal penalties for healthcare fraud and abuse.
Business Friendly: Government jobs do not create the wealth and prosperity needed within our communities, the private sector creates jobs and prosperity. Job-killing government regulations must end. Arizona businesses need a business friendly environment in order to expand existing Arizona businesses, to create new Arizona businesses and to encourage businesses to relocate to our great state.
State's Rights and Sovereignty: As seen in this map in white, only 17% of Arizona is privately owned, providing the very limited but much needed property taxes for our children's education and for local government. For example, my District's Gila County has only about 4% of it's land in private hands. Over 100-years after Arizona's Centennial, it is high time that the Federal Government honor it's commitment to Arizona citizens by fulfilling ALL of the requirements of our 1911 Enabling Act, and giving us our sovereignty over Arizona land, air, water and mineral rights, just like the Feds did for the eastern states... Arizona must also be treated fairly and equally! Please visit the American Lands Council to learn more. Please also read my letter to President Obama regarding the further creation of more National Monuments within Arizona (22 so far) and read my 2016 National Monument bill HB-2585 that was signed into law by Governor Ducey. Please also read Congressman Paul Gosar's press release on blocking the 1.7 million acre Grand Canyon Watershed National Monument. The photo here is of Sen. John McCain and me at the Grand Canyon for a recent meeting in opposition to the unilateral creation by Obama of the Grand Canyon Watershed National Monument.
Limited Government: As Chairman of the Government and Higher Education Committees, I know that Arizonans require small, limited government that abides by its enumerated Constitutional powers, and mandates and abides by the will of its people. American free market capitalism and free trade are the very best paths to our prosperity.
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