House Democrats are
committed to ensure our state reflective of your values. We've been listening
to folks all over Arizona, who say they
want a state where families can live, study, work and play for generations. To
achieve that, we are focusing on policies at the Capitol that will create jobs
and improve schools so our kids have opportunities in the future. House
Democrats will prioritize people over politics, and we will work toward a future
that is equitable and fair. Below are some stories about the kind of state we
want to build together.
are fighting for education, jobs, health care and a better future. To share
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the hashtag #ImagineAnArizona.
Rep. Rosanna Gabaldon, D-Sahuarita (District 2), introduced HB 2140 a bill that will establish a Silver-Haired Legislature, creating a space for senior citizens at the Capitol. To read the entire bill click here.
Representative Rebecca Rios, LD27, House
January 13, 2017
STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Senate Democratic
Leader Katie Hobbs and House Democratic Leader Rebecca Rios released this
statement on Gov. Ducey's budget proposal.
poll after poll, the people of Arizona have been very clear that more resources
are needed in order for Arizona kids to be successful. The governor's State of
the State address raised hopes about his level of commitment to education, but
the devil is in the details.
promised to finally invest in teacher retention and recruitment, but his budget
offers teachers a raise of just four-tenths of a percent a year, which doesn't
even keep pace with inflation. For new teachers starting at low-income schools,
this budget does present opportunities. But for our most loyal teachers who
have stuck with our schools through years of budget cuts and no raise, this is
hardly a vote of confidence.
promised increased funds for universities, but is pulling that money away from
cities, towns and highways, while once again offering nothing to community
know we see a return when we invest in kids. The same can't be said for the additional
$107 million in state revenue we'll lose to unaccountable corporate tax
credits, or the corporate STO credit that grows by 20 percent each year, or
letting our roads fall further into disrepair.
easy to cut programs, like TANF and JTEDs, then restore them and claim to be
the hero. The same is happening with education. Governor Ducey spent the vast
majority of his State of the State speech touting all the good he has done and
will do for Arizona's schools. But after almost a decade of neglect, they need
more than mile-wide-and-inch-deep platitudes. This is a crisis of the
long past time to make meaningful and sustainable investment in our education
system, one that prioritizes students over special interest tax cuts. We can
make these investments by ending irresponsible tax cuts, committing real state
dollars to schools and renewing Prop 301 at a full cent.
have offered solutions that would make a difference in our schools and our
economy. They are solutions that can be easily achieved by working together,
which we have always been willing to do. We will continue to prioritize people
over politics and advocate for real, long-term changes that ensure a prosperous
future. To Governor Ducey and the legislative majority we say, let's get this
STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Rep. Eric Descheenie, D-Chinle (District 7), and members of the Native
American Caucus stood with the Havasupai and neighboring tribes despite President
Barack Obama's decision not to designate the Greater
Grand Canyon Heritage National Monument. Leaders urge Obama to reconsider its designation. at a press conference on Wednesday,
Jan. 11 at the Arizona Capitol.
To view the press conference, click on the video
Rep. Eric Descheenie, D-Chinle (District 7)
Havasupai Tribal Council Member Carletta Tilousi
Havasupai Tribal Council Member Ophelia Watahomigie-Corliss
Havasupai Tribal Council Member Richard Watahomigie
Today Senate Democratic Leader Katie Hobbs, D-Phoenix (District 24), and House Democratic Leader Rebecca Rios, D-Phoenix District 27), filed a brief with the Arizona Supreme Court in support of Prop. 206.
STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Senate and House Democratic leaders released these statements regarding the 2017 Democratic priories.
state of Arizona is facing a challenge that was created by this Legislature.
Years of corporate tax cuts, falsely passed as ‘jobs bills’, have left state
agencies hindered and the critical services they provide limited. We can and
must do better for the people of Arizona.
must prioritize the programs and services that voters have said time and time
again - in poll after poll – they overwhelmingly support. Our public safety
nets must be strong, our roads must be repaired and expanded, and our public
schools must finally see an investment that demonstrates a commitment to the
future of our children and our state.
the 16th most populous state in the country and growing, the need for these
vital services will not diminish. But we pay for them through a tax structure
that is stacked against the middle class and favors special interests.
Legislature must not endorse the current frenzy in DC to rip apart AHCCCS,
KidsCare and Obamacare with no replacement plan of any kind. To do so would
nearly double the number of uninsured Arizonans and would immediately remove
more than $3 billion from our economy.
after years of reform and millions of dollars, Arizona's child welfare system
continues to struggle with high caseloads, startling staff turnover statistics
and children languishing in a foster care system that too often fails them.
the policy of slashing services for the working poor while forcing them to take
a greater tax burden than corporations and the wealthy is unsustainable and
grossly unethical. We must protect and strengthen the services that only the
state can provide and which the people of Arizona overwhelmingly support."
House Democratic Leader Rebecca Rios (LD27):
are working for a state where people can go to school, get a great education,
find a prosperous job, live in a safe community and ensure their children have
bright future. It is a state that is both prosperous and inclusive.
value equity and fairness, and it is our job to ensure the government
represents those values. We have an obligation to be fiscally responsible,
accountable and transparent. To meet that mandate, Democrats will support
programs and policies that build a solid foundation.
means investing in public education at the K-12 and university levels so
schools have the resources needed to prepare our students for the future and so
that college is affordable. When we prioritize education, we increase the
strength of our future economy. It also means protecting the gains we
have made in individual rights and in access to health care, including Medicaid
expansion and KidsCare.
state is fighting to recover from decades of failed Republican leadership and
policies, which put the needs of special interests above the needs of
Arizonans. Democrats will always prioritize people over politics."
Aaron Latham, Director of Communication, Arizona State
Senate Democratic Caucus, 602-926-4477, firstname.lastname@example.org
C. Murphy Hebert, Communications Director, Arizona
State House Democratic Caucus, 602-926-5848, email@example.com