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Mark Finchem’s Legislative Journal       

         

MAY 31, 2019 FINALLY! The First Session of the 54th Legislature is over with a motion to sine die at 12:33 am this past Tuesday morning. Many priorities including infrastructure, public safety and education all received year-over-year increases in funding.  Taxpayers received relief on the State Income Tax Code.

- Rep. Mark Finchem, Chairman of the House Federal Relations Committee. 
CODE OF ETHICS BALLOT PETITIONS ARE READY!

After some rewording of the voter initiative, the Secretary of State's office has given the OK to start collecting signatures for the YES! Classroom Code of Ethics Voter Initiative.  Per the Secretary of State's office, a minimum of 237,645 signatures are required to get this initiative on the November 2020 Ballot.  According to Master Teacher and Sponsor of “Yes! Classroom Code of Ethics” Catherine Barrett, "Perhaps no issue is more relevant today than political advocacy in the K-12 public school classroom. The evidence is mounting that many of our children are being subjected to political bullying and indoctrination in what should be a politics free zone. Teachers are not leaving the profession just over pay, many are being bullied out of their love of teaching because politics in some schools is out of control."

If you are interested in helping get "Yes! Classroom Code of Ethics” on the November 2020 ballot by collecting signatures, please email yes@classroomcodeofethics.com.  You can also call (520) 955-7695.

DEMS VOTE AGAINST BUDGET
Once again, House Democrats vote NO on a budget that is balanced and responsible.   Included in the 2019/2020 budget are increases in education funding, increases in pay for Public Safety officers, and infrastructure.  At the same time, the state reserve is built-up, and taxpayers will receive an offset linked to income tax conformity with the federal tax code.
INFRASTRUCTURE FUNDING
While I-17 received the lion's share of funding, Pinal County will see $20 Million for water wells that are a part of the Drought Contingency Plan. This is important because farmers and ranchers have given much of their surface water rights up to the State, while at the same time banking water for future crops.
PUBLIC SAFETY FUNDING
DPS Troopers and Corrections Officers will receive pay raises after ten years of pay freezes. This is an important gesture to keep the skilled professionals under our employ, and stopping the "bleeding" of their talent, dedication and experience from going to other jurisdictions after the State has paid for their training.
EDUCATION FUNDING
Even with the 20% X 2020 funding for teacher pay raises, the Arizona State Legislature authorized over $200 Million in additional funding to go towards public education. This additional assistance is a long-term commitment to increase education results instead of just throwing money at the problem of failing schools.

The Arizona Auditor General cites 28 schools performing at an F level, 141 are a a D level and 393 are achieving a C grade on performance. Worse yet, the percentage of students passing State assessments is in the 30% to 50% range. Increasing the Results Based Funding amount is one play that State Legislature has made to help high performing schools shine as an example and bring their lower performing peers along on the path for improvement.
2019 CENTER FOR ARIZONA POLICY ACTION SCORE CARD

The Center for Arizona Policy scored Representative Mark Finchem 100% on family and life values for the 2019 Legislative session. “We had a number of controversial bills come before the Legislature, not the least of which was an infanticide bill that the entire Democratic leadership signed onto. The question asked of the very first constituent to speak against the bill tells the whole story, ‘How old were you when you were born?’ It is a matter of civil rights. This bill would have permitted the killing of a viable, unborn child up to the moment of birth. It was an easy vote for me,” said Representative Finchem.

The Center for Arizona Policy Action (CAP Action) educates Arizonans and their legislative bodies on public policy issues pertaining to life, marriage and family, and religious freedom. To view the 2019 Center for Arizona Policy Action score card in its entirety,
click here.
PUBLIC LANDS MANAGEMENT
Unfortunately, the Public Lands Management bill was killed by three Republican senators: Frank Prat LD-8, Heather Carter LD-15 and Kate Brophy-McGee LD-28. This bill, contrary to claims by the Sierra Club, would have kept payments for land use -contracts that are already in place with the BLM- here in Arizona to provide long term funding for education and infrastructure. 

Nomination Petition
E-QUAL is now open and you can sign the necessary petition to return Rep Finchem to office for his final term in the House in 2020. (He will be term limited out of office)  Just click the link to sign his petition online. It is safe and secure, and the signature cannot be challenged.
 
https://apps.azsos.gov/apps/election/eps/petition/VoterPetnAuth.aspx 

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 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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