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Making a case for New Economy Initiative

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Arizona has led the nation in economic growth for several decades. This success was not by accident. When confronted with the direst of economic challenges, our leaders pushed for policy changes that allowed the state’s economy to survive, then thrive. Once again, we are faced with such a situation.

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Flat-rate tax plan would have bipartisan support

The closely divided Arizona electorate wants practical solutions, not strict ideology. They will support my tax plan as they are willing to pay in an equitable way for more government services. I ask the Arizona Legislature to put my 4.5% flat income tax plan on a ballot for voters to decide.

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No more taxpayer money to for-profit prisons

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The recent prison escape in Florence has once again highlighted the complete disaster that is Arizona’s prison industry. Yet it was reported in early January that the Arizona Department of Corrections Rehabilitation and Reentry had floated the idea of contacting up to 2,706 more for-profit prison beds though the inmate population has decreased by nearly 5,000 since 2016. This would be an extremely bad idea in terms of fiscal policy, legal practice, and the direction of the state.

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Biden must focus on affordable, reliable electricity

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Democratic majorities in the U.S. House and Senate, along with a new Biden administration, promise sweeping policy changes in the United States. This includes campaign pledges to remake America’s electricity mix. But with campaign season over, Democrats should put rhetoric aside and pursue a bipartisan energy plan that supports economic recovery.

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The way forward – compromise with adversaries, don’t overreact

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Donald Trump's America has plunged below rock bottom. The coronavirus has taken hundreds of thousands of lives. Trump has spent years debasing our foundational institutions while being cheered on wildly by half the country. And Congress was assaulted by a violent mob while carrying out the most essential democratic function of all – the peaceful transfer of power after an election.

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Stop the lawsuit virus before it spreads

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Many states already have Covid liability protection, and many other states have made it a priority for debate in this year’s session of their legislatures. Arizona has, too, and as SB1377 begins its journey through the Legislature, lawmakers should pass it at every stage with all due dispatch.

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Assuring reproductive justice would make AZ truly pro-life state

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On January 22, we marked the 48th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision. Prior to 1973, access to abortion wasn’t considered a right in America. Many women, especially poor women, were forced to choose between an untenable pregnancy, death or serious injury from a dangerous black-market abortion – even if pregnancy itself was a threat to their life or health. Sadly, for far too many in 2021, it might just as well be 1972.

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