Arizona’s job growth has fallen below the nation’s national rate. According to an article in The Republic dated January 19, 2017, Arizona gained only 6,300 net jobs in December closing 2016, with half the growth seen in 2015, and is falling below the nation’s overall pace. In my opinion, the best way to grow the Arizona economy is by properly funding state higher education and allowing in-state tuition for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients.
I will support investing in job training for the jobs of the future. The United States has witnessed remarkable solar growth over the years. Arizona ranks high in its use of solar energy in the nation. As one of the sunniest states, Arizona has great potential for its solar markets. We cannot afford to lose business opportunities that promise to create jobs and subsequently bolster the economy.
The Equality Act provides basic protections against discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity in employment, access to public spaces, housing, education, credit, and federal funding. According to Webster’s Dictionary, Equality is defined as “the state of being equal, especially in status, rights, and opportunities.” The Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) amendment was first introduced in Congress in 1923, and guaranteed equal rights under the law for Americans regardless of their sex. In order for the amendment to be added to the Constitution, it has to be ratified by thirty-eight of the fifty states.
Many states have enacted laws for the public and private sector that go beyond what federal law requires; however, Arizona is not one of those states. We need to ensure working parents have paid family and medical leave, flexible use of sick leave, and workplace protections for nursing mothers.
Climate change is real and our legislators must champion laws that protect our State. Tackling climate change must be a priority. We have learned that because of climate change, increasingly extreme landscape-level transformations are occurring at a faster rate.
According to climate experts, the southwestern United States is facing an increasingly stressful future with unabated population growth, oversubscribed water resources, and hotter and drier climate. As stewards of the earth, we as humans must take care of it for the sake of ourselves, our future generations, and the planet itself.
Reduced river flows and deterioration of riparian habitats have a detrimental effect on the water-based recreational activities that significantly contribute to Arizona tourism and bring in billions of dollars in revenue. I will support legislation to protect Arizona’s remaining perennial rivers and springs from groundwater pumping and surface diversions, and sustain environmental flows. I will support legislation to reduce carbon emissions from power plants and promote renewable energy and energy efficiency.
The quality of our future depends significantly on the quality of today’s education. Those who will solve the world’s toughest problems are the current students spanning this great nation. Educators have never been more vital to our future. However, in today’s climate, both our state and country face serious challenges that prevent teachers from thriving. Young teachers often land in distressed schools that wear their resolve. Many leave the profession entirely, abandoning their valuable talents and weakening their dedication to a better tomorrow.
The challenges of a pandemic do not negate the obligation to provide our schools with the requisite resources to meet the needs of our students. Rather, now is the time to ensure that every child, regardless of their home zip code, receives a quality education.