Over this past weekend, the Arizona Legislature adjourned the 2016 legislative session!
I am proud to report we enacted both good public policy and a fiscally responsible budget. We began to reinvest in education by increasing funding for our schools. We prioritized K-12 education funding and ensured schools were protected from formula funding changes in last year’s budget that would have left them short changed. We increased university funding, restored JTED funding and incentivized excellence in education.
We increased funding to child safety and public safety, tackled pension reform, embraced the sharing economy, and we passed KidsCare – providing health insurance to 30,000 uninsured children at no cost to Arizona.
Most importantly, we were able to invest in these programs while protecting Arizona taxpayers.
I hope to build on this progress next year. But first, I need your help to get re-elected. Please help me qualify for the 2016 ballot by signing my electronic nominating petition. Must be registered Republican or Independent and live in LD15 Click here to see a map of LD 15. It is safe, secure, and only takes a minute.
Thank you for your continued support,
With the Second Regular Session of Arizona’s 51st Legislature less than a month away, we asked for perspective from Rep. Heather Carter (R-District 15), who represents Cave Creek, Carefree, North Scottsdale and North Phoenix. She is Chair of the House Health Committee and a member of the House Education Committee. She offers her take on the key objectives ahead in the upcoming session.
If you ask anyone around the Capitol lately, “What will happen in the next legislative session?” The general answer is, “I don’t know!” Continue reading
By Karina Bland
The Republic | azcentral.com
Fri Aug 30, 2013 6:54 PM
Jill Hogan snapped Bentley into his chest harness and leash and rubbed the old English springer spaniel’s head.
She walked him slowly down his owner’s sloping driveway, a little way down the street and then back up the driveway, talking the whole way.
“All right, all right. There you go, buddy!”
Bentley is 12 years old, a bit arthritic, blind and hard of hearing.
“Just a little bit farther — you can do it!”
Up and down the driveway, up and down the street.
It is a challenge that Bentley’s pet-sitter understands. Living with a mental illness is like that, too. Up and down, up and down.
Last week, the Governor released the following statement regarding our economic growth.
“Today’s March employment report shows that our State added jobs across all eleven major economic sectors in March, and is the latest evidence that the Arizona Comeback is upon us. The addition of 18,900 non-farm jobs is Arizona’s strongest March employment tally since 2006. Perhaps best of all, the construction industry – which took such a beating in the wake of the housing collapse – added 3,800 new jobs. That’s more than double the average March job gain for construction.
Arriving on the heels of February’s addition of 28,000 new jobs, it is clearer than ever that Arizona’s
economy is on the right track. I pledge to continue pursuing the pro-growth policies – lean regulations, competitive
taxes and a ready workforce – that helped make this turnaround possible. Arizona’s best days are yet to come.”’
As we head into the 2012 Legislative session, one of my top priorities is the economy. Moving forward, I will continue to focus my efforts on creating jobs, increasing economic growth, and encouraging economic development. We need to provide businesses of all sizes the stability and confidence they need to invest in Arizona’s economy. Additionally, we can to promote small businesses by reducing taxes, red tape, and government bureaucracy. Read more about incentivizing businesses in Arizona here.