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‘Free the Grapes’ bill will expand Arizona’s wine industry

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Developing local economic opportunity was important to me as mayor of Phoenix. It still is. Arizona is fortunate to have a governor like Doug Ducey who is committed to making Arizona succeed in the new global economy. Like ordering a car service from an app on your phone like Uber, allowing adults to order wine online or over the phone to be shipped to their home or office will send a message that Arizona is ready to compete.

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First Things First money should be given to public schools

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In 2006, Arizona voters passed a cigarette tax based on the promise of funding early childhood development programs through a newly created organization named “First Things First.” Taxpayers have become the victim of this promise, which was a great idea that has been misshapen and lost its way and original mission.

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School choice should be an everyday mission

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Near the spot where he took the oath of office last year, Gov. Doug Ducey celebrated National School Choice Week with students and their families from across Arizona. Organizing the event are the same groups that, over the past decade and before, disagreed over issues such as school funding and academic standards and in some instances even sued Arizona over how to provide a quality education for every child.

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Approve Prop. 123 and then make Arizona’s K-12 system shine

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The Grand Canyon Institute agrees with Governor Ducey and the educational community. Prop. 123 needs to be approved by voters on May 17. Prop. 123 is an important start, but restoring funding of legal minimums is not a substitute for substantive discussion on real investments in K-12 education, and how investments can be leveraged to improve outcomes. Arizona’s support for K-12 education has fallen far deeper than most people realize.

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