Issues

Over the last several years, Arizona has been forced to cut budgets. There have been deep cuts to crucial programs, including those that protect and educate our children.  We've also failed to invest in the infrastructure needed to support economic development.

We face continuing budget difficulties. At the same time, our state gives away billions in potential revenue to corporations and special interests in the form of tax credits and deductions. Some of these are effective incentives, but others do nothing to help grow our economy and create high-quality jobs. We need to carefully evaluate all of these revenue reductions.

As our economy recovers, it is time to make decisions that support the vision we all have for Arizona – a place we choose to raise our families and a state we’re proud to call our home.

 


 

INVEST IN PUBLIC EDUCATION

Arizona ranks near the bottom in student funding and graduation rates. Billions have been cut from the K-12 budget since 2008. Our state universities lost 50 percent of their public funding, forcing them to substantially raise tuition rates. Support for public education, from K-12 through college, is critical to Arizona's economic recovery and as your State Representative I will commit to restoring education funding.

ATTRACT BUSINESSES AND CREATE QUALITY JOBS

We need more high paying jobs in established industries and in emerging sectors, including bioscience and sustainability. As your State Representative I will commit to policies that revitalize our infrastructure and build an educated workforce so these new jobs are available in Arizona.

QUALITY HEALTH CARE

All Arizonans deserve access to high quality, affordable health care. There are simple solutions the State Legislature can achieve, such as extending dental care to pregnant women on AHCCCS.