Ducey Stiffs Small Cities & Rural Counties

This is a complicated story with lots of numbers.  The short answer is that Governor Ducey did not use the funding formula that was recommended in the federal CARES Act passed into law in March of this year.  Larger cities and counties, in Arizona this included Mesa, Phoenix, and Tucson got direct funding from the […]

Reform Public Safety Personnel Retirement System (PSPRS)

Small cities throughout Arizona continue to struggle to make minimum pension payments, required by law, to the Public Safety Personnel Retirement System (PSPRS).  As reported in the 6/7/2020 Herald Review, Bisbee faces a just under $1.5 million payment into the retirement fund this year.  Bisbee Mayor David Smith says PSPRS is “drastically under performing.” Various […]

A Good Idea: Community Colleges offer 4 Year Degrees

Since my first run for Arizona state legislature in 2018 I have championed the idea of lowering the cost of college for Arizona students.  One of the ideas I explored was free 2 year community college for students in rural counties that graduated from high school in that county.  I believe that a variety of […]

Douglas Still Waits for Port of Entry Expansion

At the beginning of the year I wrote about the Douglas Arizona port of entry (POE) being overlooked, again, for funding for an expansion that would bring more jobs and economic activity to the southeastern part of the state.  Yuma POE got $152 million for the project.  Douglas was still being “studied.” Now the 6/9/2020 […]