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MAY 17, 2019 In order to allow teachers to actually keep the raises that Republicans gave them, we need to address tax conformity. It makes little sense to raise their wages only to let their taxes go up because of a conformity issue between Federal and State income taxes.

- Rep. Mark Finchem, Chairman of the House Federal Relations Committee. 

On May 15, 2019 The LD-11 Legislative Team, Representative Mark Finchem, Representative Bret Roberts, and Senator Leach released the following statement regarding Arizona Income Tax Reform and Conformity:

Summary: No matter what the result of our efforts to adopt tax reform with conformity, we are advocating for three significant points.

1. Through real tax reform and bracket adjustments, we believe it is good policy to keep the tax cuts that President Trump signed into law at the Federal level, in the pockets of the people who received relief. Many Arizonan's at the lower end of the wage scale, the "working poor," received an unexpected increase in their Federal tax return this year.

2. We do not want to see the increased educator wages delivered by the 20X2020 plan, drawn down because of State income tax non-conformity. These middle-class professionals deserve the pay increase; to siphon the Federal tax cut away with a State tax increase related to non-conformity is disingenuous.

3. A vote against tax reform and conformity is a vote for tax increases on the working poor and middle-class professionals and job creators, but that is exactly what our Democratic colleagues say they will do.

Sen. Vince Leach says, "Our position has been clear for well over a year, protect the tax relief that Arizonan's have received from the Federal tax man, and make sure the State tax man does not take it." With over a billion dollars in so-called surplus, driven by sound conservative policy decisions over the last six years, now is not the time to up the ante and take even more from Arizona Taxpayers. In a recent poll, nearly two-thirds of Arizonan's said they feel that they are, "taxed at about the right amount," with all things considered.

"Now is the time to empower the people of Arizona to build up their own personal savings accounts, not the State's so-called rainy-day fund." says Rep. Mark Finchem. The favored plan involves full conformity with meaningful tax reform -simplification- with three tax brackets, and which holds harmless most wage earners. "For some, there is a slight tax increase, for many others, there is a significant tax decrease, but we support a policy that is as close to net-neutral as possible," says Rep. Bret Roberts."

 When students are academically acceptable, but rejected for developing and voicing their internal political voice, we as a nation dependent on civic friendship and ethical standards ought to question just how far we have drifted from both. In this case, the student appears to have been improperly indoctrinated, as evidence of his failure to act like a "sheepole", regurgitating a specified political stand. This is yet another example of how the Classroom Code of Ethics is needed in our society today."

Click the image and watch this video of High Schooler Boris Kizenko.  He is tired of the indoctrination that he has seen and expierenced in his high school.  Boris has started a grassroots effort to expose the indoctrination happening across the nation in our high schools.  Visit High Schoolers For Freedom on Facebook for more information about this group and their mission.
The initiative language has been under review for about 3-weeks, the sponsor has been told that the Legislative Counsel review should be done by Memorial Day. Shortly after that petitions will be available for distribution and signature collection. The initiative requires educators to keep personal opinions and political advocacy for parties, platforms, and persons out of the K-12 classroom. If you want to help collect signatures to put this important initiative on the ballot, send an email to 
"Fully fund" is a term thrown around the Capitol nearly every day by education lobbyists and legislators.  Those legislators have consistently voted NAY on the last four budgets which have included educational funding increases. Every year that Rep. Finchem has been in office, he has heard the call to "fully fund" education, yet nobody can name the number when asked. The State Budget that Legislators are permitted by law to work with is about $10 Billion, of which roughly 46% is dedicated to K-12 education spending. So for those who scream "fully fund education," please share with Rep. Finchem what exactly that number is so we can adjust spending on the other vital services that the State is responsible for.
Representative Walt Blackman (R6) offered a proclamation on the House floor on May 15th in recognition of National Sanctity of Human Life Day. “I am proud to offer this proclamation today to recognize May 15th, 2019 as National Sanctity of Human Life Day,” said Representative Blackman. “All stages of human life should be entitled to the full protection of the law, so it’s unacceptable that the U.S. Supreme Court’s abortion decisions have failed to protect the lives of preborn children and their civil rights.”

"...I, Representative Walter Blackman, invite the House of Representatives of the State of Arizona to join me in expressing sorrow at the loss of life and the physical and psychological harm caused by forty-six years of legalized abortion, and to join me in making every effort to secure for preborn children at every stage of development all the rights, privileges, and immunities available to persons, citizens, and residents of this State, until the decisional interpretations of the United States Constitution by the United States Supreme Court provide protection for every human being."
To read 
Representative Walt Blackman's proclamation in it's entirety, click here.
According to a press release from Republican House Leadership dated May 15, 2019,"Members of the House Republican Leadership said that they believe that school safety resources will be included in the budget."

“The Legislature has passed some good legislation this session that improves school safety, like the bill to create threat reporting guidelines at schools and the suicide prevention bill, and we have more to do,” said House Majority Leader Warren Petersen (R-12). “While budget negotiations are ongoing and details have yet to be finalized, I’m confident the budget will include meaningful school safety policy and resources.”

To read the press release in its entirety click

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