Monday, August 21, 2017

Investing In Our Public Schools

Kids across Arizona are going back to school this month, and most of those students will be headed into public schools. But public school funding remains under attack.
All summer long, the parents and teachers with the Save our Schools coalition worked to collect enough signatures for a referendum on the new law expanding Arizona’s voucher program. They exceeded all expectations and turned in more than 111,000 signatures to the Secretary of State’s office – well above the 75,000 needed to put the issue on the ballot. (The signatures are currently being verified.)

This victory apparently did not sit well with the dark money groups supporting vouchers. They have resorted to “desperate” tactics to keep the voters from weighing in on this. Is it because they know vouchers harm public schools by setting up two education systems and forcing taxpayers to fund both? And by pitting these two school systems against each other for funding, vouchers are making it harder for the state to fix the teacher shortage crisis.
These problems are exacerbated by the potential for fraud. Voucher program oversight is “almost a sham.” The public cannot see how their tax dollars are being spent in schools that aren’t required to meet certain state standards. These issues inspired parents, teachers and thousands of volunteers to help the Save Our Schools coalition stop voucher expansion. This group is continuing to fight dark money opponents because Arizonans should get the final word on vouchers.

House Democrats agree that we should be investing in our public schools. If there is money to expand vouchers in our state, there should be money to raise teacher salaries and reduce class sizes.  We’ll stand with the students, teachers and parents in Arizona until our public schools are thriving. 

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Rep. Bolding responds to reports of confederate monument vandalism

Contact: C. Murphy Hebert

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Rep. Reginald Bolding, D-Phoenix (District 27), released this statement after the vandalism of confederate monuments in Arizona:

“Vandalizing these monuments is not productive. This will not lead to the civil discourse and debate that we have been calling for. It is a short-term action that does not help the long-term goal of having these offensive monuments removed from state property.”


Tuesday, August 15, 2017

ICYMI:Community Leaders Celebrate #DACA Anniversary

ICYMI: Community leaders today marked the anniversary of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, also known as DACA.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

MEDIA ADVISORY: Blanc, community leaders to hold press conference to mark anniversary of DACA

Aug. 10, 2017
Contact: Jacqueline Sandoval

MEDIA ADVISORY: Blanc, community leaders to hold press conference to mark anniversary of DACA

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – On Tuesday, Aug. 15, Rep. Isela Blanc, D-Tempe (District 26), and other community leaders will mark the anniversary of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, also known as DACA.

"We will celebrate the success of DACA, while acknowledging that the future of the program is in jeopardy. We need tell our leaders to protect the economic benefits this program brings to our state," Blanc said.

Who:   Rep. Isela Blanc, D-Tempe (District 26)
       Daniel A. Rodriguez, attorney, DACA recipient
       Lorenzo Sierra, vice-chair, Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
       Lydia Guzman, director of advocacy, Chicanos Por La Causa
       Rep. Cesar Chavez, D-Phoenix (District 29)
       Alejandra Gomez, co-executive director of LUCHA 
       Other community leaders

When: Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017
      8 a.m.

Where: Arizona House of Representatives, 
       Rose Garden   
       1700 W. Washington
       Phoenix, Arizona 85007


Tuesday, August 08, 2017

STATEMENT: Clark responds to recent court decision on HB 2244

Rep. Ken Clark, D-Phoenix (District 24), today responded to a Superior Court ruling on HB 2244, a bill that will make it more difficult for citizens to put initiatives on the ballot. 

Monday, August 07, 2017

Arizona's Emerging Workforce – Our Strength

It is no secret the Trump administration is driving an anti-immigrant agenda by pushing for an immigration bill that would limit family reunification and dramatically cut legal immigration.  Instead of catching criminals, some Republicans are more interested in punishing immigrant families that are making valuable contributions to Arizona's economy. A recent study released by the New American Economy shows immigrants contributed $3.1 billion to our state's economy and paid nearly $390 million in local, state and federal taxes in Arizona alone.

We will continue to stand with the immigrant communities that enrich Arizona every day.  Since the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, also known as DACA, was put into place, the economic impact on Arizona has been tremendous. This program has allowed hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants to stay in the U.S. to work or earn an education.  As a border state, we cannot stand to lose this emerging workforce. They have shown, if given the opportunity, they will embrace our values and strengthen our economy.

On Tuesday, August 15, Rep. Isela Blanc, D-Tempe (District 26), along with other community leaders, will stand together to mark the anniversary of DACA. They will celebrate its successes, while acknowledging that the future of DACA is in jeopardy. We need you to tell our leaders to protect DACA and the economic benefits the program brings to our state.

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Friday, July 28, 2017

STATEMENT: Gabaldón applauds quick response to International Outfall Interceptor breach near Nogales

July 28, 2017
Contact: Jacqueline Sandoval 

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Rep. Rosanna Gabaldón, D-Sahuarita (District 2), released the following statement regarding Gov.  Doug Ducey's declaration of a state of emergency in Santa Cruz County in response to a breach in the International Outfall Interceptor, a sewer line that conveys millions of gallons of raw sewage and industrial waste each day from Nogales, Sonora and Nogales, Arizona to the Nogales International Wastewater Treatment Plant in Rio Rico, Arizona:

"I am pleased that Governor Ducey acted in a decisive and timely manner to assist the citizens of Santa Cruz County and the City of Nogales in responding to the breach of the International Outfall Interceptor.  The resulting contamination of the Nogales Wash and the Santa Cruz River poses a serious risk to public health and safety.  I am encouraged by the cooperation of federal, state and local agencies that are addressing the ongoing crisis.

"This breach is another indication that a more permanent solution is needed to improve this aging infrastructure.  The current efforts underway to temporarily repair the International Outfall Interceptor will only offer short-term protection for the residents of the City of Nogales and Santa Cruz County.  Without a long-term agreement on the source of funding for rehabilitation and maintenance, those who live near the wash who endured this crisis before will more than likely endure it again."