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Medicaid progress at risk as cuts to program loom

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No government program is perfect, but Arizona’s Medicaid program – known as AHCCCS – is the gold standard when it comes to delivering quality, affordable health care. Our state’s Medicaid program uses an integrated, managed-care model that promotes competition and patient choice, controls costs and incentivizes preventative care.

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Free college tuition could be expensive for Arizona taxpayers

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Asking taxpayers to fund college will not make attending college any less expensive, and it certainly won’t make it “free.” David Garcia’s plan does nothing to reduce tuition and fees. Robert Samuels explains, “If you subsidize something but do not control its costs, it will not be able to achieve its policy goals.” Indeed.

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Justice reform in Arizona requires understanding of the system

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There is no doubt that criminal justice and sentencing reform is needed in Arizona. But it is also important that the people or groups making proposals for change understand exactly what they are proposing, what the full impact of those changes would be on all stakeholders, and that in the rush to achieve results and re-apply for grant monies to support their work, that they do no harm. Do-gooders sometimes don’t “do good.”

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NAFTA overhaul – Mexico is a trade partner, not competitor

Cars wait in line for inspection at the Mariposa Port of Entry in Nogales. The port underwent a $250 million upgrade but some trade groups say it has not lived up to its promise. (Photo courtesy of Customs and Border Protection)

We have less than 90 days to communicate to our federal elected officials in the U.S and in Mexico about the potential “modernization” of NAFTA. In a worst-case scenario, the erection of new trade barriers could disrupt key U.S. and Mexican industries for years to come and force consumers to pay more for big-ticket items.

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Partisan politics not in play with most legislation

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Most legislation comes from citizens, businesses, organizations and associations who are confronted by a specific problem that needs redress. They look at their options at the state and political subdivision level. They look at their legal opportunities and whether court action might address the issue. And frequently they decide that fixing a perceived statutory deficiency is their best option.

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