Every election season the politicians promise to solve this problem and then fail to act. It isn’t complicated, it is a simple matter of enforcing our existing laws, securing the border with double fences, high speed roads, cameras/sensors, and manpower, and ensuring that sanctuary cities are prohibited and the welcome mat for illegal aliens is rolled up and put away. There may not be much that Arizona’s State Legislature can do that it hasn’t already done, but we can continue to press for real solutions and work to ensure that Arizona taxpayers are not on the hook for the very real costs of illegal immigration.
Whether that refers to our First Amendment rights, our Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms, our Fourth Amendment right to privacy, or the Tenth Amendment that reserves to the States the vast majority of the powers, too many in government have lost sight of our Constitution and our rights. Part of my role as a State Legislator will be to fight to restore these rights and make the expansion of liberty our mission.
Government doesn’t create jobs, but it can encourage or destroy job creation depending on the policies it pursues. My goal will be to pursue policies that attract businesses from other states and encourages our existing businesses to grow. I also intend to pay particular attention to policies that will help rural Arizona grow. Our economy is different from the one in Maricopa County, and the recovery in Arizona is much slower in our part of the state.
I support Prop123 and efforts to direct more money into our classrooms and to teachers. I also want to see local control and competition wherever possible, so that parents are making the important decisions regarding their children’s education. I oppose Common Core and want to see high standards that are developed right here in Arizona.
I really appreciate the hard work that Representative Noel Campbell has done, trying to get a handle on the proliferation of drug rehab centers in Prescott. I look forward to working with him to deal with this issue and to finding the right balance between helping those in need and protecting the safety and quality of life of those living here.