Drug rehab houses have proliferated at an alarming rate in and around the City of Prescott. Only recently has there been an attempt at any kind of regulation. Yet many of these homes continue to “fly under the radar” and escape oversight. The collateral damage of these drug rehab houses are the patients who fail in their rehab and then tax our already over-burdened welfare, health care, and criminal justice systems. This negatively impacts the quality of life in our neighborhoods. That’s why I introduced HB2107 and fought for its eventual passage. It gives our cities and counties the authority they need to properly regulate these facilities to ensure a high standard of care for the patients, while protecting the neighborhoods around them.
Our work to make Arizona a better place to work and live is paying off. More out of state employers are moving their companies here and our existing employers are growing. This means more jobs for Arizonans and that is great news. We need to continue improving our economic environment though, because recoveries take longer to reach rural Arizona.
Additionally, an educated and well-trained work force is imperative to attract new employers. We are fortunate to have a variety of options available with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, NAU, and Yavapai and Prescott Colleges in this area. However, these schools are not available to everyone. That is why I have supported the restoration of funds for JTEDs to allow more students to pursue Career Technical Education.
One of the greatest issues that has continued to face Arizona is the crisis of illegal immigration. Education, health, welfare, and the criminal justice system have all been impacted significantly and have seen cost increases exponentially every year. But today, more than ever, the failure to secure our borders has monumental consequences for all Americans given the threat of ISIS terrorists.
With front-line experience flying helicopters for the U.S. Customs Service Air Interdiction unit, I know our borders can be secured if sufficient resources and political willpower are dedicated to this effort. Given the global threats we face, securing our border can no longer be a partisan issue and I support our governor's right to call up the National Guard if necessary to protect all Arizonans. Finally, I remain opposed to any amnesty program.
With nearly half of Arizona's state budget spent on education, ensuring that our taxpayers get their money’s worth and our kids get the best possible education is a top priority. I voted for Prop123 to inject another $3.5 Billion into our schools and to resolve a number of lawsuits that were costing the taxpayers millions while interfering with education policy. Now, instead of fighting, we can focus on quality results.
I also worked with our local districts to secure one-time funding to protect them during the current transition between old and new funding formulas.
I fully support a parent's right to choose a public, charter, or private education for their child. No parent should be forced to leave their child in a failing school and I will continue to support an income tax deduction to the school of their choice.
Finally, Common Core is a national standard developed by the federal government for our students here in Arizona. Even more frightening, these standards were never even voted upon by Congress. This is plain wrong as education is under the purview of the individual states. As your State Representative, I will work to return control of our children's curriculum to our local school boards and parents.
Water issues are critical, not just in LD-1, but throughout Arizona. That is why I spend a great deal of time working on legislation that deals with water.
Common senses proposals include:
Since most residential water use is for landscaping, we need to promote low water-use plants and the benefits of rain water harvesting.
The Sundog and Airport plants are on-line and re-charge approximately 4.5 million gallons/day of recycled water back into the aquifer at this time. These sorts of projects ought to be encouraged.
Long-term solutions to our perpetual water shortage could include forest stewardship, watershed management, public lands management, and transporting water from outside sources.
I am your pro safety, pro self-defense, pro freedom state legislator. And as your elected representative, I will continue to oppose any legislation that would require Arizona gun owners to register their firearms.
I fully support the right of the people to keep and bear arms as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and Article II Section 22 of the Arizona Constitution which states, “The right of the individual citizen to bear arms in defense of himself or the state shall not be impaired.”