Great news for Arizona — continued innovations in health care delivery
As I transition to the next chapter in my health policy career, from Dignity Health to the CEO of St. Luke’s Health Initiatives, it is good to reflect on what has happened during the past few years, and what I believe lies ahead for us in Arizona.
Expect More Arizona sponsors education initiative, Twitter Town Hall
Election season is back and, along with it, the opportunity to encourage candidates and voters to make education a top priority. Vote 4 Education is Expect More Arizona’s annual initiative that asks Arizonans to make education a priority when they vote. The non-partisan, statewide campaign is a part of Expect More Arizona’s advocacy efforts to build a world-class education in Arizona.
New rule makes it easier for small businesses to find funding
Wouldn’t it be frustrating to have a great idea and not be allowed to talk about it?
A regulation passed in 1933 put drastic limits on how small businesses and start-ups could spread the word about their need for funding. The rules prevented them from advertising or “general solicitation,” limiting their outreach only to investors already known to them who met certain income and asset thresholds.
People are driving less, aided by technology
Every year from the end of World War II through the 1990s, the typical American drove more miles each year than the year before. But for the first time in two generations there has been a significant shift in how many miles we are driving each year.
Expanding Medicaid raises many questions, provides few answers
For 12 years, when the phone call comes in the middle of the night, I respond to provide orthopedic care, to the very best of my ability, to every patient.
ACA ‘navigators’ should be required to get background checks
Arizona currently has no safeguards to protect the most sensitive information of those Arizonans for whom, open enrollment for the federal health exchange has already begun.
Path to sustainable energy future requires people to have a choice
First Solar, one of the world’s largest producers of utility scale solar power plants announced this week that it sides with APS in their proposal to slash net metering for residential customers.
Expect the unexpected: Changes to Arizona’s campaign contribution limits
The secretary of state’s suggestions for compliance with Arizona’s campaign finance laws now that the increased campaign contribution limits of Chapter 98 (HB2593) are in effect have caused quite a stir.
Arizona can’t afford Duncan’s early-learning plan
Over the years, our legislators in Phoenix have worked to get our state’s total debt under control and curb unnecessary spending. So when Secretary of Education Arne Duncan visited Arizona last week to promote his early-learning initiative, it should give us all some pause to look more closely at the numbers behind the program.
Upholding our Constitution, not special interests
Arizona has a rich history of sheltering its citizens from reckless tax increases. In 1992, voters passed Proposition 108, a constitutional guarantee to prevent abusive tax increases by requiring two-thirds of the Legislature to approve any new tax levies.
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