Ideas/Opinion

Ideas and opinion from a wide range of sources and view points including the campaign.  Ideas from Bob Karp will be shown with [Bob Karp] in the title.

It’s Time For Pressure – Support An Increase in the AZ Gas Tax

HB 2899, an 18 cent increase in the Arizona gas tax over 3 years, is making its way through the state house.  Virtually all Democrats are supporting the bill.  Republicans are more mixed on the issue.  According to the AZCentral.com many Republicans have a variety of objections to the tax increase, from indicating there is […]

What is a Concurrent Resolution?

A concurrent resolution is a method to allow the state legislature to propose a change to the Arizona Constitution through a ballot referendum voted on by voters.  These resolutions have several features that make them very attractive to the Republican majority party that controls both the Arizona Senate and House.  Also known as consent resolutions, […]

Should Arizona Legislators Get Paid More?

Yes, I know this will not be popular – but Arizona state legislators (and by the way the Governor) are grossly underpaid for their services to the citizens of the state.  Annual salary is $24,000.  (By the way this is minimum wage in Arizona) Yes the legislature is only in session a little more than […]

Appointing AZ Corporation Commissioners

The Arizona Corporation Commission oversees many important tasks of government as well as providing regulation and rules for Arizona utilities.  There are five commissioners elected by voters who serve four year terms.  The elections for these positions has had a long and a bit controversial history culminating in a nasty election where APS, the state’s […]

Budget Transparency for Towns

A bill to that attempts to increase government transparency at the local level, it will require “town councils” to publish at regular intervals as well as prior to an biennial election what can be considered a financial statement.  That is a record of all monies received and their sources as well as expenditures and to […]

Time for a Pro Democracy Movement in Arizona?

What do HB 2461 and SB1434 have in common other than being proposed by Republicans?  They both attempt to restrict participation in the most fundamental democratic activities of citizens – voting and elections. In the case of HB 2461, Republican Rep. Bob Thorpe of Flagstaff wasn’t happy when in 2016 the city voted to raise […]

Another Reason to Flip the AZ Senate

The Arizona state senate is at it again.  This time moving to preempt local government on a climate change issue – building codes prohibiting new structures from having natural gas hookups.  Now I don’t think I’m ready to go to that extreme yet.  A few cities in California, Massachusetts and Washington state are considering restrictions.  […]

Two Different Propositions

Two proposals that may make it on to the Arizona November 2020 ballot attempt to solve different issues facing Arizona state government.  The Public Safety and Rehabilitation Act addresses sentencing reform in the criminal justice system.  Representative Warren Petersen, R- Gilbert is sponsoring House Concurrent Resolution 2008 which would amend the Arizona Constitution to prohibit […]

Money for Rural Arizona Roads? – Not so much

There is a lot to be appalled by in this article.  The huge amount of dollars spent to build this highway.  How funding was provided by a mix of federal, state, and county monies, yet there is no money for small projects in rural southeastern Arizona.  But what really got me was a comment from […]

Criminal Justice Reform

State Rep. Leo Biasiucci has introduced legislation to make community service an option to paying a cash fine for traffic tickets. Right now that isn’t possible. This could be part of a larger conversation about reform of the state criminal justice code. Particularly where the judicial system ensnares the poor with fines and fees.  The […]