On Monday, January 12, Eric Meyer took the oath of office as our returning State Representative. Dr. Meyer will also be serving as House Minority Leader this term.
Along with Dr. Meyer’s wife, Sarah Snell, invited guests at the Opening Day of the 2015 legislative session included a group of educators, community college student Mario Marquez, Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, and Consul General of Mexico Roberto Rodriguez Hernandez.
Dr. Meyer paid thanks to both Sarah and Mayor Stanton for their help and support. He also made special mention of Mario Marquez as an example of resilience and determination. Mario's parents were deported after living in the U.S. for 17 years, but Mario decided to return to Phoenix, which he considers his home. He will graduate from Paradise Valley Community College this spring and plans to attend ASU this fall. Mario was an active volunteer on Dr. Meyer's campaign this past year.
Democratic Caucus Rebuts Governor's Address
In response to Doug Ducey's first State of the State address, members of the Democratic Caucus expressed concern at the incoming governor’s plans for Arizona. From Eric Meyer: "Nothing Gov. Ducey said indicates that he is pushing for real reform. Instead, he seems to be championing the same failed policies that have stunted our state's economic recovery." Senate Minority Leader Katie Hobbs concurred, saying that if Ducey wants long-term sustainability and a balanced budget he should "take a serious look at corporate tax cuts and loopholes to make sure Arizona taxpayers are getting a return on those investments."
Ducey said economic growth will come about through less government spending, elimination of business regulations and low taxes. He rejected the idea of delaying or abandoning a series of additional business tax cuts which are scheduled to phase in this year.
Gov. Doug Ducey need not follow the failed example of Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, who learned that a state cannot slash and burn its way out of a budget crisis if Dorothy ever wants to find her way home.
Our state should have learned from past efforts to replicate here the failed anti-gay, anti-women, anti-immigrant ideas of Kansas theoreticians. There is a looming $1 billion in red ink in a budget of nearly $10 billion. We can't trim our way out of that because educational spending is nearly half of the budget. And we owe the state's schools $1.3 billion from past efforts to grow big business on the back of future voters.
Conservative economist Ben Stein said on Fox News, "I don't think there is any way we can cut spending enough to make a meaningful difference. We are going to have to raise taxes on very rich people."
Call it the new Reaganomics. We must be honest and make those who earn more money actually pay more in taxes.
John David HermanArizona Republic, January 12, 2015
I applaud Gov. Doug Ducey for saying he wants to be “a governor of all the people.”
If he means it, he's going to need to make an effort to hear from Arizona citizens who don't look like him or live like him.
That means meeting often with — and listening to — women, people of color, the poor, the young and others whose lives are vastly different from the people he knows well. Let's hope he makes the effort to reach beyond his privileged circle.
Mary WestheimerArizona Republic, January 7, 2015
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Tuesday, February 3, 2015
Social at 6:30 pm; meeting begins at 7 pm
Phoenix Police Department's Mt. View Precinct Community Room
2075 E. Maryland Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85015
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