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Affordable Care Act – too big to fail and too big to ignore

Money and stethoscope to illustrate the cost of health care

How does the Affordable Care Act affect me and my community? Well, that is a big question with a big answer. ACA is big, it is more than the marketplace and mandates – which, by the way, is still the law. It is a whole system of care and infrastructure and problem solving intended to make us healthier as a nation.

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Disdain for tax system reason enough to cheer on reformers

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When it comes to modernizing and simplifying our nation’s archaic tax codes and reducing tax burdens on citizens’ businesses, it seems that “perfect” may be getting in the way of “very good.” This is a common theme in Washington and one of the reasons why most of us see Congress as never getting anything done. But cutting taxes and simplifying the code also seems like a no-brainer to those of us who walk Main Street in cities and towns across our country. This plan will reduce taxes on employers — and that helps everyone.

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Closing the Navajo Generating Station comes with disastrous consequences (access required)

The coal-fired Navajo Generating Station in northeast Arizona provides almost 1,000 jobs between the plant and the mine that supplies it, but the plant's operators have said they plan to shut it down after 2019. (Photo by Amber Brown/Courtesy SRP)

Citing the costs of complying with federal environmental regulations and responding to the declining prices of natural gas, the Navajo Generating Station's owners voted earlier this year to take the facility offline about 25 years ahead of schedule. Those same factors have driven the closures of many coal-fired electricity generating plants nationwide.

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Children attending school outside assigned boundaries the new norm

First graders in Irene Hammerquist's class at Bales Elementary School put together paper pumpkins decorated with fall-themed spelling words. Hammerquist said she teaches all of her students that sometimes a lesson has to be taught in a variety of ways to reach everyone. (Photo by Katie Campbell/Arizona Capitol Times)

For decades, our state has been a national leader in education freedom – the radical concept that parents know their own children best and should be empowered to select a school for them that is the right fit. The movement has flourished. Consider public charter schools, where enrollment is booming and reached a record 185,000 students statewide this year.

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EPA cuts threaten Arizona’s natural water supply and air quality

Haze obscures central Phoenix on Christmas morning in 2006. (Arizona Department of Environmental Quality Photo)

The power is in our hands as citizens to influence change, and if we use it to contact our elected officials and voice our opposition, we can work toward a future where our health and safety are adequately protected. The beauty of Arizona, and the health of its residents, is being severely threatened. It’s up to us to take a stand. Please join us in this fight and call today.

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