2019 Legislative Wrap up — the Good, the Bad, the Ugly

We believe that your advocacy through Request to Speak and with phone calls, emails, letters, and in person meetings with legislators made a difference in the 2019 session — mostly in stopping some very bad bills. Let’s keep it up next year! POSITIVE RESULTS: Delivered on the promise of a second installment of 20×2020, which […]

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Plenty of things could still use state money

Our state legislature has been discussing next fiscal year’s budget. There is a surplus this time, and legislators and the governor are debating how to spend it. Governor Ducey, it seems, would like to spend the surplus on increasing the state’s “rainy-day fund,” to be used in an emergency, such as another financial crisis. Some […]

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How Arizona spent your tax dollars in the new state budget

Now that the Republican legislature has passed its budget and Ducey has signed it into law, let’s take a look at some of the worst of it. If you’re interested in what alternative priorities the Democrats proposed, we’re sponsoring an event on June 13 with Democratic House Minority Leader Charlene Fernandez and other Democratic legislators […]

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Legislative Alerts ~ Week of May 6

All the bills listed below could be submitted for floor votes at anytime.  Be prompt with your contacts with our representatives. Education bills appear in a separate list at the end after the general list. The budget is being worked on now in the Legislature.  Contact your representatives and let them know your priorities.  Some […]

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RedForEd Rally & Stand-Out

One year after our historic walk-out, our state legislature is STILL failing AZ teachers and families by refusing to properly fund education. Our students are STILL sitting in overcrowded classrooms with outdated materials, in buildings that are falling apart. Teachers are STILL barely surviving with salaries that are some of the lowest in the nation. […]

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Legislative Alerts ~ Week of April 22, 2019

Please contact your legislators regarding these bills. The legislature is behind — which should mean a busy week. And, they have yet to seriously start of the big enchilada — The Budget. Education Bills SB 1485 – SUPPORT – Bill would end the 20% annual automatic growth of corporate private school tax credits by gradually […]

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Legislative Alerts ~ Week of April 15, 2019

Criminal Justice Bill Alerts The following are bills related to Criminal Justice in Arizona.  They are out of committee so it is not possible to use the RTS system.  Contact your Senators about these bills this week. CONTACT Senators  – LD6 & LD7 Sylvia Allen (R) LD6     SAllen@azleg.gov               602-926-5409 Jamescita Peshlakai (D) LD7 JPeshlakai@azleg.gov […]

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Conservative now just stands for indifference and greed

This week our Republican state legislature votes on a bill that strips from us our right to create and offer a referendum. Not long ago they stripped from cities our right to decide about plastic bags. Even before that, they stripped from us the right to direct public funds used for public education, but reserved […]

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Allen-Sponsored Bill to Send Another $1.7 Million to Vouchers Advances

Republicans insisted that Senator Sylvia Allen’s bill to expand vouchers wouldn’t cost money. But when the Joint Legislative Budget Committee conducted a fiscal analysis of a bill, it found what was obvious to every honest person — the bill expands enrollment ant thus will cost the state more money. $1.7 million over three years, to […]

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Hope and optimism for Coconino County inmates

The two-part series by Alexandra Wittenberg on The Literacy Center in Flagstaff that has classes for inmates from the Coconino County Detention Center is an outstanding piece of local journalism that sheds light on a wonderful organization (Teaching empathy through literature, 2/10/19, A1). The volunteer tutors at the Center are helping prisoners gain perspective on […]

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