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Mark Finchem’s Legislative Journal       

         

APRIL 5, 2019- While our Democrat colleagues regularly rail against “tax loopholes” and demand to close them, when it came time to close one, that was an unintended consequence of the voter initiative, they failed to step up. Such was the case this week with SB 1024, which would’ve closed a tax reporting loophole for medical marijuana dispensaries.

With the resignation of one of the members of the House, we have been on a 3-day pause, but on Wednesday, April 3rd the post was filled and we are now back on track with budget negotiations. Conform and  Reform of the State Tax Code is still a hot topic, as well as what to do with the $1.1 Billion surplus. I remain a fan of paying down existing debt, correcting deferred maintenance on roads and bridges, and making a modest deposit in the State Emergency Contingency Fund.

- Rep. Mark Finchem, Chairman of the House Federal Relations Committee. 
Rep. Finchem Calls for Legislative Hearings on ASU Personnel Records Leak
 
STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Representative Mark Finchem (R-11), on Wednesday (4/3/19) called on the Legislature to hold hearings on the leak of sensitive personnel records by Arizona State University (ASU).
 

Paris Dennard recently filed a notice of claim with the Arizona Board of Regents (ABOR) accusing ASU of leaking an investigative report that was part of his personnel records. According to media reports, the report was given to the Washington Post by an anonymous ASU official.
 
“ASU’s release of this personnel report raises many questions that need to be answered,” said Representative Finchem. “Who had access to this information? Who, if anyone, authorized its release? What steps has ASU taken to ensure that personnel records are kept secure? What steps has ASU taken to safeguard personnel records to prevent such a security breach in the future? What disciplinary action has been taken against the person or persons involved in the information breach?”
 
“ABOR also needs to explain what, if anything, they are doing to supervise the review of personnel records security policies. We already know that the individual who released this report has committed a crime, and we need to know whether or not the Arizona taxpayers will be liable for damages as a result of this security breach.”
DEFERRED MAINTENANCE OF ROADS AND BRIDGES
 
The House and the Governor are at odds with what to do with the $1 Billion "rainy day fund". While the Governor would like to leave office with a $1 Billion savings account, it makes no sense to ignore the deferred maintenance of roads and bridges through out our state that have accumulated over the last 10-years while we have been digging out of the Great Recession. It is time to target road repairs and rejuvenation with meaningful projects. If we can’t maintain the roads we have, building new roads like the I-11 trade corridors is an absurd proposition.  Moving to a prescriptive approach with appropriations is the only way I see to meet this objective, and a $1 Billion bank account? That does not fix anything.
Look at these stories in recent news as reasons why we need to fix our roads and bridges now!

 

Phoenix biker says pothole landed him in the ICU

Dozens of Tucson-area bridges 'structurally deficient'

Local Teen Fights for Gluten-Free Microwave
It’s an unusual story, Josephine Taylor, "Jojo" has been seeking help with placing a microwave oven at CDO High School for kids who suffer from Celiac Disease. People with condition are made very ill when they ingest gluten, and a microwave that has had gluten products warmed in it is problematic. There is now a microwave at CDO, and Jojo writes, “I would like to lend any help I can by phone or in person to help with legislation to make this happen for other kids at other schools, oh and my lunches are fantastic heated up now.”  The little things in life are important too.
Watch the news report here!
 
SB 1024 FAILS...

Democrats voted against closing a massive tax loophole on medical marijuana. The medical marijuana dispensaries are incorporated as Non-Profit Corporations, which is a huge tax loophole. They pay zero corporate taxes, because they must zero out their books at the end of the year. There is no coordination between the licensing authority, Arizona Department of Health Services and the taxing agency, Arizona Department of Revenue. This means nobody knows what the dispensaries are really taking in. So when our Democrat colleagues shout, “We must close corporate tax loopholes,” they really mean, just the ones they deem necessary and not their special corporations. Consumers are paying the tax, but who knows if all of the tax collected is being paid to the State.
PUBLIC LANDS MANAGENMET BILLS PROGRESS
 
On Tuesday, April 2, HB-2557 passed out of the Senate Appropriations Committee. The bill calls for an appraisal of all public lands controlled by the Federal government, excluding tribal trust lands, for the purpose of understanding the value of the lands and what they produce. The Federal government has consistently taken earned income from public lands in Arizona, and other western states, and has sent that money to Washington D.C., while we struggle to maintain our roads, provided critical public services and pay our teachers. Ultimately, the proposal is to have Arizona manage the public lands possessed by the Federal government and keep the use fees and royalties here for Arizonan’s.

Nomination Petition
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District 11 Legislators Announce Patriot Academy Scholarship
 
STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Representatives Mark Finchem (R-11) and Bret Roberts (R11), and Senator Vince Leach (R-11), all who serve in the Arizona Legislature are sponsoring three privately-funded scholarships to this years Patriot Academy, which is scheduled for June 19-21, 2019 at the State Capitol. To be eligible for the session, students must be 16-25 years old; age exceptions may be allowed under special circumstances.

This year interested students must submit a 1,000 word paper analyzing Federalist Paper No. 45 and what the writer observes as the intent of the Framers of the U.S. Constitution concerning the Ninth and Tenth Amendments. Papers must be submitted to Mark Finchem at PO Box 69344, Oro Valley, AZ 85737 and postmarket no later than April 15, 2019. Scholarship recipients will be notified by May 1, 2019.

“We are pleased to offer this opportunity to future community leaders in Legislative District 11. We will be an active part of the Academy because we believe in making personal investments early in the process of civic skills development and believe in the importance of ethical governance.”- Representative Mark Finchem.

For more information please see the full press release
here.
For more information about the Patriot Academy please visit www.patriotacademy.com  
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