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Mark Finchem’s Legislative Journal       

         

FEBRUARY 15, 2019- All hands are on deck working through the Arizona General Fund Budget for next fiscal year. Top line items include education funding, infrastructure funding, and income tax conformity. A major announcement regarding high-paying jobs will be made later today, Check the next issue of the Legislative Journal to see the specifics.

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

REP. MARK FINCHEM RECEIVES CONSERVATIVE EXCELLENCE RATING OF 91%

The ACU researched and selected a range of bills before the Arizona State Legislature that determine a member’s adherence to conservative principles. "We selected bills that focus on Ronald Reagan’s philosophy of the “three-legged stool”: 1) fiscal and economic: taxes, budgets, regulation, spending, healthcare, and property; 2) social and cultural: 2nd amendment, religion, life, welfare, and education; and 3) government integrity: voting, individual liberty, privacy, and transparency. This wide range of issues is designed to give citizens an accurate assessment that conveys which of Arizona’s elected leaders best defend the principles of a free society: Life, Liberty, and Property." (ACU Statement on Selection)

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PUBLIC LANDS STEWARDSHIP

The stewardship of our public lands has long been a contentious issue for Arizona. Every year we see significant areas of forest and grasslands incinerated because the Federal government either can't or won't take action to mitigate the threat of overloaded combustible materials that negatively impact the habitat in which so many of our wildlife depend on, and which we often enjoy recreating in. The renewable resources that Arizona has been blessed with go to waste.  These resources should be included in sustainable K-12 education funding increases, instead, they burn. A package of bills aimed at improved public lands stewardship and better cooperation and cooperation between the State and Federal government includes HB-2547 Office of Public Lands ManagementHB-2557 Appraisal Study and HB-2596 Sovereign Immunity will position Arizona to benefit from land use fees that are already collected by the Federal government, and keep those payments in Arizona where they belong.

CLASSROOM CODE OF ETHICS 

HB-2002 has still not been assigned to a committee. This has not gone unnoticed. Many teachers and parents are frustrated that the K-12, compulsory environment has become so filled with vitriolic political speech in the classrooms and hallways that they are demanding enforcement of what is already in law. It is illegal for public school employees to engage in political activism in the classroom [injecting their personal opinion] for or against political agendas, elected officials, and political parties. Yet, the prohibited behavior is described by some teachers and parents as, "over the top," "bullying of children," and "totally unacceptable for a public school classroom."  Stay tuned for more updates on HB-2002.


INCREASING OUR WATER SUPPLY

A benefit of improved public lands stewardship is the improvement of our northern watershed. Pinal and Pima County farmers and ranchers have fine-tuned their agricultural practices to use the least amount of water necessary while growing the high-quality food and fiber products we all need to have for every-day life. Conservation of water is only a part of the story, improving our water supply is the other half. Improved upstate health translates into greater water supply downstate, and that is observable fact. "We cannot conserve our way out of the water supply problem we have," (Rep. Finchem, 2018) , "and as we become better stewards of our woodlands, we will see a corresponding increase in water supply." The Federal government is ready to increase cooperation and coordination with western states because they see that the policies of the past have failed, think Paradise Fire, and the tragic loss of life and property, that could have been avoided.

SUSTAINABLE INFRASTRUCTURE AND
K-12 FUNDING

HB-2547 would conditionally establish the Arizona Office of Public Land Management (Department) and a related joint legislative committee to study the use and management of federally controlled public lands in the State of Arizona. Use fees from public lands go to Washington DC, not the State of Arizona. From grazing permits to mining claims, use fees generate significant revenue. Arizona has demonstrated a far better track record for the stewardship of public lands than many of the federal agencies that have a presence in Arizona. These fees were originally intended to support infrastructure and education in Arizona. I have reached out to public school administrators from across the state to form a working group to explore how they might support better stewardship.

 
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