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AZ -- Last Chance to Pass Pro-Taxpayer Bills!

May 02, 2012 J

URGENT ACTION ITEMS

Dear Arizona Taxpayer:

The last day of the 2012 Legislative Session is almost upon us (observers at the Capitol are telling us that the last day is likely to be this Thursday, May 3). Below this short list are details on each of the action items.

1) Encourage Gov. Jan Brewer to sign HB 2826, which would save municipalities money by consolidating local elections in November of even-numbered years.

2) Encourage House Speaker Andy Tobin to allow Paycheck Protection (HB 2103) to move forward in the House.

3) Fight the Arizona ObamaCare Exchange! We need some volunteers at the Capitol tomorrow morning (Thursday, May 3, from 9 am to 2 pm) to help hold our Hands Off My Health Care sign and encourage wayward Legislators to sign the Arizona Health Care Freedom Pledge.

4) Please thank legislative leaders for bargaining hard to get a decent budget deal.

5) Abandon all hope! (Or work hard!) See details below.

DETAILS ON ACTION ITEMS

1) Encourage Gov. Jan Brewer to sign HB 2826, which would save municipalities money by consolidating local elections in November of even-numbered years.

HB 2826 would promote higher turnout and greater input by taxpayers, curb the dominance of spending interests in local politics, and save municipalities money by consolidating local elections with the general cycle. Please contact the office of Gov. Jan Brewer by email and by phone at (602) 542-4331 / (520) 628-6580, and ask her to sign this bill into law. Brewer is under intense pressure to veto this bill, so please send her a lot of positive encouragement. Her top adviser has the League of Arizona Cities and Towns as a lobbying client, and the League is a key opponent of the reform. This is an important decision for Gov. Brewer: she can choose taxpayers and sign HB 2826, or choose city spending interests and veto HB 2826.

2) Encourage House Speaker Andy Tobin to allow Paycheck Protection (HB 2103) to move forward in the House.

Paycheck Protection (striker to HB 2103) would prohibit government employers from taking money from employee’s paychecks for union activities without express annual authorization. Please contact the office of House Speaker Andy Tobin at atobin@azleg.gov and/or (602) 926-5172 and ask him (politely) to allow Paycheck Protection to move in the House. We are concerned that Speaker Tobin is under intense pressure from the government employee unions to kill the bill. (And see note #5 below, about good bills getting killed in the final hours of legislative sessions…)

3) Fight the Arizona ObamaCare Exchange!

We need some volunteers at the Capitol tomorrow morning (Thursday, May 3, from 9 am to 2 pm) to help hold our Hands Off My Health Care sign and encourage wayward Legislators to sign the Arizona Health Care Freedom Pledge. To understand the threat of the Arizona ObamaCare Exchange, please visit this web page, which includes a link to our new video, “Meet Arizona’s ObamaCare Czar.”

4) Thank legislative leaders for their budget victory!

Budgets are the ultimate in political sausage-making, but Arizona’s final budget compromise is pretty decent. The overwhelming fiscal imperative for this session was to accumulate a $500 million surplus at the end of FY 2013 (June 30, 2013), to cushion the billion-dollar revenue drop in FY 2014 when the one-cent sales tax (“Brewer Tax”) expires. Senate President Steve Pierce and House Speaker Andy Tobin worked hard to negotiate a decent deal with the office of Governor Jan Brewer to bank $450 million during FY 2013 (or $400 million, if the $50 million transfer from the mortgage settlement fund turns out to be unlawful). Thanks also to Appropriations Chairmen Sen. Don Shooter and Rep. John Kavanagh for their hard work on the budget during the session. (Please use the above links to send thank-you notes to legislative leaders for doing a good job of holding the line on spending.)

5) Abandon all hope! (Or work hard!)

If your favorite bill is not listed above, and has not yet gone to the Governor’s desk, it stands a very good chance of getting killed in the next 48 hours. Be prepared to stay at the Legislature all night long on the last night of session (probably Thursday night, May 3), texting Legislators from the gallery to keep them awake and to make sure your bill gets on a calendar for a floor vote. Bad things happen to good bills in the wee hours of the last night of the legislative Session…

For Liberty, Tom

Tom Jenney
Arizona Director
Americans for Prosperity
www.aztaxpayers.org
tjenney@afphq.org
(602) 478-0146

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