Tuesday, February 21, 2012

AZ House Dems on GOPTeaParty's reckless budget

AZ Republicans Steve Pierce, Senate Pres., & Andy Tobin, House Speaker (right)

House Democrats disappointed by influence of special interests and lack of transparency, long term vision in Legislative Republicans’ Tea Party budget plan

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX -- House Democrats criticized Legislative Tea Party Republicans for offering a budget proposal – crafted behind closed doors and released to the public less than 24 hours before it was considered in committee hearings – that again favors special interests and lacks a long-term plan to help stabilize Arizona’s economy and prepare for future budget needs in an accountable way.

"Extremist ideologies and out-of-state special interests continue to dominate the Arizona Capitol," said Rep. Daniel Patterson (D-Tucson-LD29/LD3). "Republicans' reckless budget would cause further harm to jobs, education and the economy."

"This isn't a budget for Arizona. This is budget for an extremist, special-interest driven agenda,” said House Minority Leader and Appropriations Committee Ranking Member Chad Campbell (D-Phoenix, LD 15). “Nothing highlights this more than the fact that they completely remove oversight of taxpayer funded private prisons. All this will do is line the pockets of big out-of-state corporations with taxpayer dollars."

“There are so many opportunities wasted in this budget plan,” said House Minority Whip Anna Tovar (D-Tolleson, LD 13), who is a member of the House Appropriations Committee. “Basically, the Republicans have created a big piggy bank where hundreds of millions of dollars that could be used to restore and stimulate jobs will sit unutilized.”

“This budget should be about creating jobs,” said Rep. Lela Alston (D-Phoenix, LD 15), who is also a member of the House Appropriations Committee. “We should be investing in capital improvements to schools and other critical infrastructure. We could restore health care to thousands of children and restore thousands of jobs in the process. We could pay down the debt we owe the school districts from the roll-over accounting gimmick. This budget plan addresses none of those priorities.”

Campbell said that House Democrats would be releasing a list of budget priorities this week that they will propose as floor amendments to the Tea Party legislators’ budget when it comes to the House Floor for Committee of the Whole consideration.

House Democrats pointed to many bills and policy proposals they have put forth to stimulate economic development through modest expenditures or targeted tax incentives that could be funded in this budget to immediately create jobs and produce more tax revenue.

See this link for the “House Democrats introduce bills to create jobs, boost economy” press release for specific examples and more information.

Friday, February 17, 2012

New way online to back Daniel Patterson reelection

TUCSON -- For the first time in Arizona voters may now sign our petition and donate a clean elections $5 online.

Voters in Tucson LD29 downtown, south and southeast (map) please go to DanielPatterson.net right now for the link to sign and donate clean $5 to help me win re-election in the new LD3 this fall.

With your support I will keep fighting in the Arizona Legislature for stronger jobs, economy and education, as I have for you for the last four years.

Big thanks!
Rep. Daniel Patterson

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

AZ Rep. speaks on January jobs report, economy

DNC News Release: Feb 6, 2012

Arizona Representative Daniel Patterson highlights 23 straight months of private sector job growth

TUCSON -- Arizona State Representative Daniel Patterson (D-Tucson-LD29/LD3) today issued the following statement highlighting 23 straight months of private sector job growth under President Obama’s leadership.

“When the President took office, our country was losing nearly 800,000 jobs a month. The crisis was even more severe in Southern Arizona, with the economic security of millions of hardworking Arizonans vanishing.

“President Obama helped stop the free-fall and helped the private sector reverse the trend. 257,000 jobs were added to the economy in January, and the President has presided over the addition of over 3.7 million jobs over 23 straight months of private sector job growth. I agree with the President that there's still more work to be done, but we’re moving our economy in the right direction and the national unemployment rate is now at its lowest level in three years.

“Arizonans thank the President for leading a steady, consistent recovery that prioritizes tax cuts for working families and small businesses, which create the vast majority of new jobs in Arizona.”

Thursday, February 02, 2012

Rep. Patterson anti-dropout bill to help kids & jobs

Rep. Daniel Patterson introduces HB2747 to decrease high-school dropout rate

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX -- Rep. Daniel Patterson, D-Tucson (LD29/LD3), introduced a bill Wednesday that would require students to stay in school until their 18th birthday or graduation.

“Right now, 24 percent of our students are not leaving high school with a diploma in hand,” Patterson said, citing statistics from the Arizona Department of Education. “We need to change that by giving students more incentives to do well in school, so that when they graduate, they are better prepared for college or a job.”

HB 2747 would increase the age at which a student can drop out of school from 16 to 18, and would eliminate the option to drop out of school after completing their sophomore year of high school. Instead, a student would be required to earn enough credits to graduate if they are still under 18.

Patterson hopes that keeping students in school will encourage them to perform better in classes, and therefore graduate with higher grades and GPAs that will be more appealing to colleges, universities, and prospective employers.

“As society and technology advance, so do the requirements for these emerging fields and professions,” Patterson said.

Another hope is that the measure persuades high-school students who graduate to stay in Arizona and add growth to the economy by going to school and starting careers here.

“We need to focus on creating jobs for middle-class families, and preparing these students for the jobs of the future,” Patterson said. “By staying in school, our kids will be able to compete for those jobs. It’s a step in the right direction.”