Friday, March 30, 2012

Rep Patterson backs billboard veto, tells Gov hold

TUCSON -- Rep. Daniel Patterson (Tucson-LD29), expressed his support of Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer’s veto of HB 2757. This bill would have jeopardized jobs and millions in economic impact related to Arizona’s unique astronomy industry.

“I want to thank Gov. Jan Brewer for vetoing HB 2757, which would have allowed electronic billboards across our state to intrude on our clear desert skies,” Patterson said. “This veto will help preserve our beautiful night skies and the astronomy industry that has created so many jobs in Southern Arizona.”

Astronomers across the state were concerned that the electronic billboards would adversely affect astrological research in Arizona because they create light pollution that interferes with the telescopes and observatories.

Electronic billboards would diminish the ability to conduct the important astronomical research in Arizona. Legalizing electronic billboards would endanger future projects like the $130 million Cherenkov Telescope, which we are competing for against five other countries.

“With the governor’s decision, the astronomy community can continue to focus on science and Arizona can continue to compete on a national and global basis for future sites and projects, while bringing research, revenue, and jobs to our state,” Patterson said. “It’s my hope that if similar legislation makes its way to the governor’s desk it will meet a similar fate. We must preserve the dark skies that make this important work possible.”

Friday, March 23, 2012

Rep Patterson welcomes jobs to his Tucson district

UA Science & Tech Park in SE Tucson

TUCSON -- Representative Daniel Patterson welcomed plans Thursday for a new facility from OptumRx, a unit of UnitedHealth Group, which is expected to bring at least 400 new jobs to his Tucson district 29.

“I join other leaders in welcoming OptumRx and UnitedHealth Group to my district,” Rep. Patterson said. “Tucson and Southern Arizona will benefit from these new jobs and opportunities.”

The new pharmacy-benefits customer-service center is scheduled to open in 2013. The center will handle several aspects of the company’s business including customer service, mail-order prescriptions, rebates and claims administration.

"We are strengthening the infrastructure of OptumRx in advance of a major expansion early next year, and we especially appreciate the help and support that comes from the outstanding workers and leaders of Arizona in that effort," said Larry C. Renfro, executive vice president of UnitedHealth Group and CEO of Optum, in a news release.

The company will occupy a space that is being renovated at the University of Arizona Science and Technology Park. The company will likely receive a $200,000 grant from the Arizona Competes Fund, also called the “deal closing fund” through the Arizona Commerce Authority.

“I will continue to work cooperatively for stronger economic development and jobs in Tucson,” Patterson said. "Along with better education, a stronger economy is my top priority."

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Rep Patterson statement on 3/13 House Ethics mtg

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX -- Any further investigation, if approved by Speaker Tobin, should not be rushed and must stay within the specific claims made in the Feb 27 complaint. It must respect the constitution and my 'not guilty' due process in the courts. If needed, by March 28 I will again respond to the complaint.

The accuser's order of protection, a main point of the complaint, was dropped Monday by a Tucson court.

The Aug 2010 order from my ex-wife during our divorce, also part of the complaint, was not in effect long before being quashed by a Tucson court. I was never charged with any crime related to these false allegations.

I have always complied with Arizona House Rule 34, Code of Ethics.

I will continue to serve as a hardworking effective lawmaker for my constituents and Tucson, keeping my focus on better jobs, education and the economy.

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ARIZONA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

March 12, 2012

To: Rep. Ted Vogt, Chairman, House Ethics Committee

Mr. Chairman – I vigorously contest the allegations and complaint against me. I am confident I will prevail and my name will be cleared in a court of law. In fact, this morning a court in Tucson dismissed my accuser’s recent protective order against me.

Under committee Rule 14, I need 30 days for my opportunity to respond to the complaint, until April 12, this is due in part to workload and constituent demands during session, my family responsibilities and other job.

If you decide after that you may want to proceed with hearings or further investigation, then I’ll need 45 days for additional response.

I believe this is a reasonable and fair timeframe that, if needed, could still allow resolution in May.

Thank you, Rep. Daniel Patterson, Tucson-LD29

cc: Ethics Committee Members

Friday, March 09, 2012

Rep Patterson urges Congress keep Tucson PO open

Tucson's Cherrybell Post Office in LD29

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Today Rep. Daniel Patterson, D-Tucson (LD29/LD3) sent a letter to U.S. Senators John McCain and Jon Kyl expressing concern over the proposed closure of the Cherrybell Mail Processing and Distribution Center in Tucson.

In the letter, Patterson indicates the closure would result in the loss of 147 jobs and would create a $14 million void in the local economy.

"The over one million people in Tucson and Southern Arizona deserve good daily mail service. Sending all our mail through Phoenix makes no sense, and would harm business, elections and jobs," Patterson said.

Additionally, Patterson said the closure will cause a delay in postal service, a nearly 20 percent increase the postal rate for 23,000 businesses and a mail rate increase of up to 48 percent for nonprofits.

Patterson urged Congress to consider an alternative solution to resolving the United States Postal Service fiscal problem because the Cherrybell Post Office is too important to the local economy.

"To protect public services, commerce and jobs, Tucson's important Cherrybell Post Office must stay open. We thank Rep. Grijalva for his action and we call on Senators McCain and Kyl to help stop the bad closure decision by the federal government now."