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"Public education is the foundation for our freedoms, our economy, and our quality of life. We must restore education funding."
Restore Education Funding:
"My roots are right here. I've coached youth soccer on fields in Ahwatukee, Chandler, Mesa, and Tempe. From cub scouts to PTO/PTA to the Kyrene School Board, I've listened to you to get the work done for our community. As your State Representative, I listen to you and get results."
"An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. We need to stop making short-sighted budgets that balance on the backs of teachers and children. Instead, we need long term plans that include prevention. High quality childcare can help prevent job losses and help children succeed. Bipartisan criminal justice reforms can both save money and keep us safer as we reduce recidivism in prisons. Let's collaborate for solutions!"
"I work for local control to put you in charge! You don't want the state legislature or corporate interests to invade your neighborhood. It's your neighborhood; it should be your rules. I support our local shops on main street and Arizona small businesses. Our cities and towns need local control to provide police, fire, roadway, water, and sewer services the way you want them."
"Because of the brave teachers of #RedForEd and the hundreds of thousands of parents, retirees, business leaders, college students, healthcare professionals, and a long list of people supporting them, we have a big opportunity. We CAN restore education funding. Investing in our children builds a bright future, as well as solid property values and a happy community now."
#RedForEd - Mitzi is Endorsed by Teachers
"I have a track record of transparency, working to earn the trust of my neighbors as State Representative, former Kyrene School Board member, youth soccer coach, and cub scout mom. My work resume shows I get results."
Mitzi Gets Results
about Mitzi's Work in the Arizona House of Representatives
********* AZ Capitol Times March 30, 2018 *********
"It is in sharp contrast to the attitude of freshmen in previous legislative sessions that have typically spent their first year or two listening and learning, said Minority Leader Rebecca Rios, D-Phoenix.
“This is a really intelligent, assertive group of freshmen,” Rios said.
The new legislators in the 2017-2018 class of the House Representatives got a nickname, "The Feisty Freshmen." This group of Democratic women broke the usual mold of sitting down and waiting. Instead, these leaders spoke up and took action!
"...However, despite being criticized by their Republican colleagues for what some see as antics on the floor, and despite efforts to prevent them from speaking up, the women said they won’t be stopped.
“Being quelled is just the best reason to speak up more,” Epstein said. “I always think in terms of I’m here to represent other people. So when somebody else tells me hush. What?! You’re telling the 250,000 people I represent to hush? No.”
"Fire to speak
Democratic lawmakers have long accepted that as the minority party, their bills typically won’t get a hearing in the Republican-controlled Legislature. After years of being bashed over the head with that notion, many have learned to “play the game,” and fall in line with the long-held traditions of the chamber.
But the freshmen Democrats have challenged the status quo these past two sessions. They stand by their convictions and values and won’t let other members roll them over. ... "
“...This should be normal. What we’re doing should be normal. Why isn’t everybody speaking up like that? That’s what surprises me,” Epstein said. “We have to have the courage of our convictions to speak up.”
********* AZ Republic March 15, 2017 *********
Want reliable funding for schools?
Then Stop excessive tax carveouts ! (March 2017)
"Credit to the legislators who voted for Senate Bill 1144: Republican Rep. Michelle Ugenti-Rita and Democratic Reps. Reginald Bolding of Phoenix, Mark Cardenas of Phoenix and Mitzi Epstein of Tempe."
"Senate Bill 1144 would have required a joint legislative committee to review sales tax exemptions every 10 years and report their recommendations to legislative leaders. It would then have been up to the Legislature to decide whether to kill an exemption.
Boos all around to Republican Reps. Anthony Kern of Glendale; Jay Lawrence of Scottsdale; Kevin Payne of Peoria; Jeff Weninger of Chandler, and Vince Leach of Tucson, who voted to kill the bill.
I’m quite sure that Southwest Gas is pleased. We tax 3-inch pipes but not the 4-inch ones used by Southwest Gas and certain other companies.
Same with ASU and UA. We don’t tax tickets to college football games."