Thursday, November 20, 2014

Quezada urges further immigration action at federal, state levels

Quezada urges further immigration action at federal, state levels

President’s order not a ‘panacea’
STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Rep. Martín Quezada, D-Phoenix (District 29), released this statement in response to President Barack Obama’s executive actions on immigration:

“For too long, families have been afraid of being torn apart and were used as political pawns in a partisan battle over a broken immigration system. Something had to be done and it could not wait. The president’s actions were well within his authority and by focusing law enforcement efforts on national security threats, human traffickers and serious criminals he is increasing accountability within the system and the security of our country.

“But this isn’t a panacea. Ultimately, Congress will have to work together on real solutions and it will take bipartisan legislation to make lasting changes. Tonight, I’m urging all the newly elected members of Congress to make Comprehensive Immigration Reform a priority. The partisan bickering that has prevented the legislative process from moving forward has to stop.

“Additionally, I hope when Doug Ducey takes office, he will do the reasonable thing and allow the recipients of deferred action to receive Arizona driver’s licenses. At the state level, we have to ensure that the beneficiaries of this executive action are able to come forward and be productive, contributing members of our society.”

Quezada urge nuevas medidas de inmigración en los niveles estatales, federales

La orden del Presidente no es una solución permanente

 CAPITOLIO ESTATAL, PHOENIX Rep. Martín Quezada, demócrata de Phoenix (Distrito 29), hiso esta declaración en respuesta a las acciones ejecutivas del Presidente Barack Obama sobre inmigración:

Durante demasiado tiempo, las familias han tenido miedo de ser separadas y fueron utilizados como peones políticos en una batalla partidista sobre un sistema de inmigración roto. Algo se tenía que hacer y no podíamos esperar más. Las acciones del Presidente se encuentran dentro de su autoridad y al enfocar los esfuerzos de esforzar la ley inmigratoria sobre las amenazas de seguridad nacional, los traficantes de personas y criminales graves, el está aumentando la responsabilidad dentro del sistema inmigratorio y la seguridad de nuestro país.

“Pero esto no es una solución permanente. En última instancia, el Congreso tendrá que trabajar juntos en soluciones reales y que le llevará legislación bipartidista para hacer cambios duraderos. Esta noche, les pido a todos los miembros recién elegidos del Congreso a hacer una reforma migratoria integral una prioridad. Las disputas partidistas que ha impedido que el proceso legislativo se mueva hacia adelante tienen que terminar.

Además, espero que cuando Doug Ducey asuma el cargo de gobernador, él hará lo justo y permitirá que los Soñadores de acción diferida puedan recibir licencias de conducir aquí en Arizona. A nivel estatal, tenemos que garantizar que los beneficiarios de esta acción ejecutiva puedan ser miembros productivos y contribuyentes de nuestra sociedad”. 


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Wheeler named a "Tech Ten" Legislator

Assistant Minority Leader Bruce Wheeler, D-Tucson (District 10), was honored on Nov. 13 at the Governor's Celebration of Innovation for being an Arizona Technology Council 2014 "Tech Ten" Legislator. He received this recognition for supporting technology.

Rep. Alston receives Julia "Judy" Hansen Mellor Service Award

The University of Arizona's Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences gave Rep. Lela Alston, D-Phoenix (District 24), the Julia "Judy" Hansen Mellor Service Award.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Miranda Advocates for World War II Veteran to Receive Medal of Honor

Miranda Advocates for World War II Veteran to Receive Medal of Honor
PFC Ignacio Servin risked his life for the sake of his peers and his love for this country

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Sixty years ago, it was proclaimed that today would be a day to commemorate those individuals that fought for our country. At an early age, Senator-Elect Catherine Miranda learned the values of celebrating our veterans through the service that her father, Robert Hernandez did during the Korean War. She would also marry a Vietnam War veteran and recipient of the Bronze Star, former State Representative Ben Miranda. “It is imperative that we offer our veterans the respect that they deserve. We need to make sure that our resources are available to them at all times.”

Last year, Miranda presented a resolution at the Legislature that recognized the heroic service of PFC Ignacio Servin, a World War II Veteran. PFC Servin had risked his life by setting off explosives that destroyed the ammunition of their enemy. The very battle that Servin fought in has been considered by Senator McCain as the worst battle of the war in his book, Why Courage Matters. “I have been advocating for PFC Servin’s Medal of Honor because his heroic actions are deserving of it” Miranda stated. “He selflessly put his life on the line for the sake of his peers and his love for this country.” Servin at 92 years of age is a Silver Star recipient of which Senator-Elect Miranda is advocating that it be upgraded to the Medal of Honor.   


Thursday, November 06, 2014

Arizona House Democrats elect leadership team

Arizona House Democrats elect leadership team

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Arizona House Democrats elected Rep. Eric Meyer, D-Paradise Valley (District 28), to serve as the minority leader for the 52nd Legislature. Rep. Bruce Wheeler, D-Tucson (District 10), will continue to serve as the caucus’ assistant minority leader and Rebecca Rios, D-Phoenix (District 27), joined the leadership team as the minority whip.

Meyer, a physician, has been a member of the House since 2009. He is also on the Children’s Museum of Phoenix Board of Directors and is a former member of the Scottsdale School District Governing Board. He said funding education and creating jobs will be among the primary legislative priorities in 2015.

“There is no question that education and long-term economic security go hand in hand,” Meyer said. “If we want to ensure that our economy is strong and that we are encouraging business development and job creation, then we have to prepare our kids for the workforce. That means getting schools the necessary resources.”  

Wheeler, who has been a member of the House since 2010 and was previously on the Tucson City Council, added that the state has an obligation to fund schools.

“The state owes our schools billions of dollars and we have to make sure that debt is paid,” Wheeler said. “There are ways to meet this financial obligation; it’s just a question of having the right priorities.”

Rios, a social worker, has served in the Legislature in the past. She was a member of the Arizona House of Representatives from 1994 until 2000 and was a part of the leadership team in the Arizona Senate, where she served from 2005 until 2010. She said she is prepared for the challenges and opportunities ahead.

“We’re expecting to deal with some tough issues this session,” Rios said. “We’re ready for it and we’re ready to work together to move Arizona forward.”


Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Miranda: ‘We should not have to fear law enforcement’

Miranda: ‘We should not have to fear law enforcement’

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Rep. Catherine Miranda, D-Phoenix (District 27), issued this statement after a Phoenix police officer was arrested for allegedly assaulting a former state legislator during a traffic altercation:

“I have the utmost respect for our law enforcement officers but we have to be able to trust that they are here to protect us.  What Armando Ruiz says happened to him while he was driving to church was both shocking and frightening.

“Mr. Ruiz is an upstanding person. He served this state in both the House of Representatives and the Senate, and he continued to give to his community through his work as the executive director of the South Mountain YMCA. Mr. Ruiz was on his way to Mass when he says he was chased and then held at gunpoint by an officer in an unmarked van because he honked his horn after the officer cut him off. Mr. Ruiz said that he was afraid for his life. The officer was later arrested for aggravated assault.

“We should not have to fear law enforcement officers; they are supposed to help us. I hope it’s an isolated incident and that nothing like this ever happens again. Law enforcement and the community should be partners in ensuring the safety of our neighborhoods.”


Friday, October 31, 2014

Meyer: State can pay $1.3 billion owed to schools

Meyer: State can pay $1.3 billion owed to schools

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – A Maricopa County Superior Court judge will hear closing arguments today in a case that will determine whether the state will have to pay the $1.3 billion it owes Arizona schools. House Minority Whip Eric Meyer, D-Paradise Valley (District 28), released this statement:

“For years, our schools have been underfunded. As a result, classroom sizes have grown, buildings have fallen into disrepair and curriculum has suffered. This jeopardizes the economic security of our state.

“There are some extremists in the Legislature who believe that it is all right to cut education funding, while doling out ineffective, corporate tax breaks. Most people in Arizona disagree with that strategy. And the Arizona Supreme Court ruled earlier this year that it was illegal for the Legislature and the governor to withhold voter-mandated inflation funding from schools.

“Education funding is not a political football. It is the key to any realistic economic-recovery plan. I trust that the judge will make the right decision and order the state to repay the $1.3 billion it owes schools. There are ways to meet this financial obligation.  We could close some of the wasteful tax loopholes or stop handing out ineffective tax cuts to big business. We could also quit funding private prisons or stop Student Tuition Organizations from draining money from our public schools. It is absolutely possible to fully fund education; it is just a matter of having the right priorities.”