Dem House freshmen break tradition, turn up the ‘volume’

“Dem House freshmen break tradition, turn up the ‘volume’” writes the Arizona Capitol Times." And it kinda drives the Republican Leadership crazy. Freshmen women at the Arizona Legislature get told to hush when opponents don't agree with us, but that's not stopping any of us. 

My colleagues and I have used teamwork to point out the foibles and dangers to health from bills like these: 

  • Reckless elimination of checks and balances to avoid sinkholes, floods, and toxic drinking water,
  • Tax schemes and shifts that give millions to a few,  making everybody else pay more,
  • Predatory lending,  and on and on.  


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Kicking the Can down to ... You? Millennials? To whom?

Yet another article in the AZ Republic spotlights that the AZ Legislature is Kicking the Can Down The Road.   Our schools need kick-the-can.jpgmore funding,  and Gov. Ducey and Republican big shots'  "current plans do not make the state whole."  

I was once asked by my good friend, John,  "When do you STOP asking for more money for schools?"  I keep that question prominently on my mind always.


I've never been a big spender for myself,  and most certainly not with other people's money.  

I've always looked for the more cost-effective way to get the job done.  

  • It was true as a systems analyst where it was my job to cut costs and improve accuracy in departments and work flows.  
  • Kyrene_Gov_Board_notME_2011_0927.pngIt was true on community youth sports boards where I frequently spoke up for, "Let's NOT raise the membership dues."   
  • It was true when I spoke up with the school board too 
    Not raise taxes, but instead find a better way to keep buildings repaired.  

The key to being fiscally frugal is to prudently maintain the stuff you have. 

We change the oil in our cars regularly.   If we do not, it costs a lot more for the repairs later.  Or it destroys the car.

In Arizona,  we have not been changing our car's oil.    And who will pay the bigger price later?  Or will it destroy ...

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