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Funding Arizona schools for the 21st century (access required)

Recently, the Arizona Business & Education Coalition (ABEC) convened a crash course on the school finance formula for more than 70 business and education opinion leaders. Our experts were Chuck Essigs, director of Government Relations for the Arizona Association of ...

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Balancing the budget is an exercise in values (access required)

Last month, Governor Napolitano announced a combination plan to put this year’s budget back into balance after several months of tax revenues falling below projections. The plan calls for using $200 million from the state’s rainy day fund, saving $300 ...

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Mohave County needs Legislature (access required)

About a week ago, I joined County Manager Ron Walker and some other Mohave County officials and staff in touring Maricopa County’s jails, including the highly publicized Tent City.I asked inmates, “What do you consider the best place to be ...

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Show me the money (access required)

Taxpayers expect their dollars to be used for wise investments that will further Arizona’s future success. Taxpayers also expect accountability for those dollars. Arizona’s private school tax credit violates both of these expectations.Every year, investment in public education rises to ...

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Let’s give new DUI laws a chance (access required)

In 2005, 43 percent of the traffic deaths in Arizona were alcohol-related. In 2006, that figure increased to 45 percent. In the same time period, Arizona tied for the largest increase in the nation in the number of deaths caused ...

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Statement ‘false and derogatory’ (access required)

If you are reading this letter, it is because State Representative David Schapira (D-17) refused my request that he retract and apologize for a false and derogatory statement he made about me in last week’s issue of Arizona Capitol Times.In ...

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