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MARCH 22, 2019The budget continues to be the center of attention. Conservatives have funded the 20% increase in K-12 school funding, with 100% of Democrats in opposition. The current budget surplus of $1.1 Billion is likely to be split in three ways, a one time investment to correct deferred maintenance of roads and bridges around the state, a debt retirement package that may include paying down education roll-over fund sweeps, and a modest increase in in Emergency Contingency Fund.
 
View News Release from House Republicans Here

- Rep. Mark Finchem, Chairman of the House Federal Relations Committee. 
KNST and the CLASSROOM CODE OF ETHICS

Last week Rep. Finchem was interviewed by Garrett Lewis on KNST in Tucson (iHeart Radio if you can't get the station on your radio) about the growing problem of political advocacy in the K-12 classroom, and reports of bullying and ridicule of students over such things as political clothing. Many parents and teachers have reported the practice is so out of hand that the educational workplace environment in some school systems has become hostile. A voter initiative is likely, and the language of the initiative is currently under legal review. The sponsor of this initiative and when its paperwork will be drawn from the Secretary of State is unknown, but it will be soon. 

To listen to the interview in its entirety, click here.

"Mark talked about a voter initiative that would establish a code of ethics in the Arizona classroom for K-12 public schools. It would allow parents to file a class action lawsuit against school districts if there is politics and/or religion promoted in class. Teachers will be warned first but listen to the interview to learn about this and what people think."  -Garrett Lewis
VOTER SUPPRESSION
 
The almost comical debate over justifying that any form or identification should be enough for someone to vote in Arizona elections. The opposition advocates for utility bills as proper identification, and real-time voter registration. The dirty little secret is that for every voter who is not a legal, registered voter, another legal, registered voter's ballot is nullified at the ballot box. To say that presenting positive identification is a burden is an insult to those who are legal and law abiding citizens. Rep. Finchem stands with those who seek to protect the voting franchise of those who have taken the time to obtain a state-issued identification or a U.S. Passport, and who have registered to vote.  People have 700 days between general elections to obtain a state-recognized identification. 
CLEAN ELECTIONS AREN'T SO CLEAN...
 
Rep Finchem voted YES on HB-2724, which is a bill that gives voters standing to appeal actions of the Citizens Clean Elections Commission (CCEC). CCEC has operated with no oversight whatsoever since 1998, when it was approved by the voter. Proposition 200 established the Arizona Citizens Clean Election Commission (CCEC), a five-member commission, to oversee the measure's system to provide public financing for campaigns. It outlines the process for a person to petition GRRC to request review of an existing agency practice, substantive policy statement, final rule or regulatory licensing requirement that does not meet certain statutory requirements. Click here for full description of HB-2724. Like all government bureaucracies, CCEC has attempted to take more power than the citizens gave it, and has ignored such practices as allowing "straw candidates" to divert public funding to a political party. This Bill, if it becomes law, adds an element of accountability and oversight.
SOCIALISM vs. ENTREPRENEURIALISM 
 
House Democrats continue to argue for socialism with virtually every bill in the House, even though we are seeing a flood, yes a humanitarian crisis, at our southern border. From both a political perspective and a public policy perspective, the argument doesn't hold water. After one of their caucus meetings last week launched an assault on our economic construct and issued an indictment of "Arizona, a capitalist state," many of us took pause to consider this. People from Guatemala, El Salvador, Columbia and Venezuela, all failed socialist states, are fleeing to the social and political lifeboat of America, claiming social and political asylum. With that being the claim, why do Democrats continue to bash entrepreneurialism, what Karl Marx called "capitalism," and promote the very social and political structure that the people seeking asylum are fleeing?

HOSPITAL EMPLOYEE ASSAULTS

I am the Prime Sponsor of HB-2041, a bill that establishes procedures for a private hospital employee or volunteer who is assaulted while performing their job function to obtain a court-ordered blood test and establishes reporting requirements for such assaults. In a recent interview with Rep. Mark Finchem he stated,"This is an iceberg problem, that nursing staff, and physicians face every day. Testimony in the House Judiciary Committee Hearing revealed that many highly qualified people are leaving medicine because of the combative, entitlement behaviors of some patients. The University of Arizona has graciously agreed to take part in the healthcare working group that will be formed to advise the House and Senate on how to promote a safer working environment for this critical segment of caregivers."
TAX CONFORMITY AND REFORM
 
The issue still has not been resolved to Rep. Finchem's satisfaction. One of the issues is what to do about the $1.1 Billion surplus, he remains an advocate for good stewardship of your tax dollars by paying off debt from prior years, and making a modest deposit in the State Contingency Fund. Rep Finchem's fear is that the Contingency Fund can be drawn down for things other than emergencies. One solution he supports is specific funding for road repair and maintenance projects, where the funding must go to "pavement on the road," not administrative costs.
 
 BECOME A PC!

If you are interested in entering the world of politics, we need you!  In Arizona, a precinct committeeman is the most important elected official to our Republican Party – the dedicated men and women who hold this position constitute the foundation of our party in all fifteen counties. A precinct committeeman is a party worker at the grassroots level. Precinct committeemen are elected by voters in their precinct at the time of the Primary election, during general election years. If there is not an elected committeeman, the county chairman can appoint a committeeman to fill a vacancy. Whether you live in Legislative District 11 or in another "LD" you and your talents are needed.   For more information about what it means to be a PC click here.  Click the button below to learn more about where meetings are held, what PC's do and how you can join the team.
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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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