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New lawmaker profile: Rep. Michelle Ugenti, R-Scottsdale

Rep. Michelle Ugenti, R-Scottsdale (Cronkite News Service photo)

Rep. Michelle Ugenti, R-Scottsdale (Cronkite News Service photo)

Name: Michelle Ugenti

Chamber: House of Representatives

Party: Republican

Profession: Real estate agent

Hometown: Scottsdale

Legislative District: No. 8, which includes Scottsdale, Fountain Hills and Rio Verde.

Committee Assignments: Appropriations; Government;  Technology and Infrastructure (vice chair).

Previous or Current Elected Offices: Precinct committee member for the District 8 Republican Committee.

Highlights of Community Involvement: Junior League.

Why She Ran: “I just didn’t want to be part of an entitlement nation. I didn’t like the ‘nanny state’-style managing of government that I thought was being pushed on us from the Obama administration, and I wanted to make sure that I was a clear voice against that.”

Her Focus: “Without a balanced budget, without matching our revenue to our expenditures, there’s just no way Arizona can function as a thriving, productive state.”

A Bill: Signed on as a primary sponsor of HB 2561, which would restrict Arizona citizenship to those born in the United States and who have at least one parent who is a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

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Reporting by Ashley Slaney, Cronkite News Service

7 comments

  1. “…UA student-body president, told legislators that by passing the bill, legislators would make it harder to achieve a higher-education degree.

    Rep. Michelle Ugenti, R-Scottsdale, replied, “Welcome to life.”

    — WOW —

    Please Rep. Ugenti, define EQUITY.

  2. Michelle Ugenti, Arizona State University, 2004.

    elow is a message from ASU President Michael Crow

    Today, the Arizona Board of Regents set tuition rates for Arizona State University that will enable us to improve undergraduate and graduate education and address critical student financial aid needs.

    Tuition for ASU after increase in 2004:

    http://www.asu.edu/news/campus/tuition_031204.htm

    “For the 2004-05 academic year, resident undergraduate students will pay $4,062 ($456 increase) … resident graduate students will pay $5,127 ($1,334 increase);”

    Ugenti to low-income AZ students who would be forced to pay at least $2000 in tuition: “Welcome to life”.

    Translation: I got my state-subsidized education. I refuse to subsidise yours.

  3. Ugenti to low-income AZ students who would be forced to pay at least $2000 in tuition: “Welcome to life”.

    Michelle Ugenti, Arizona State University, 2004.

    Tuition for ASU after increase in 2004:

    http://www.asu.edu/news/campus/tuition_031204.htm

    “For the 2004-05 academic year, resident undergraduate students will pay $4,062 ($456 increase) … resident graduate students will pay $5,127 ($1,334 increase);”

    “Welcome to life.”

    Translation: I got my state-subsidized education. I refuse to subsidize yours.

  4. Michelle, should let us know how she feels about real estate tax subsidies. The tax deduction for interest on a home loan is a subsidy for real estate agents. I would love to know if she is for doing with that nanny state tax deduction.

  5. This from a woman whose “profession” as real estate agent enjoys benefits from the single largest government subsidy available for individuals within the federal tax code!

  6. Well Michelle….your response to the students \Welcome to Life\ is quite obnoxious. The Arizona Constitution says that \education shall be nearly as free as possible\. I think you are wrong in voting for a minimum or $2000. And I do hope this is your last term in the legislature.

  7. Rep. Michelle Ugenti, One of the top 10 KOOKS at the Arizona State Capital!

    Rep. Michelle Ugenti embraces all the crazy bills but it’s her mouth that makes her stand out. To college students, testifying about the hardships of a bill that would require most scholarship students to pay at least $2,000 in tuition: “Welcome to life,” says the Scottsdale candidate who launched her political career as a publicly funded candidate.

    To a colleague who asks when a televised Government Committee hearing chaired by Ugenti will be over because he has a date: “No, you don’t,” Ugenti replies. “Stop it. Your right hand doesn’t count.”

    The Capitol is a place that prides itself on decorum and staffers, lobbyists and legislators alike have told me they’re often dumfounded by Ugenti. Billwise, she’s best known for forcing cities to change their election dates – prompting a lawsuit from Phoenix – and for passing a law that allows parents to be charged with a felony if they fail to notify police within 24 hours after their toddler or preschooler goes missing. Um, yeah.

    Then there was SB 1454 that allowed convicted sex offenders & drug dealers into crime free HOA communities, thankfully a lawsuit stopped that one! Ugenti is a child in a big peoples world. When she doesn’t get her way she log-rolls her failed bills to get the job done, even if it causes lawsuits, and violates the Arizona State Constitution.

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