With the opening of the 2018 Arizona Legislature in January, those signed up on RTS can keep track of legislation and comments online regarding bills in committee.
Using RTS & ALIS 2018
AZ Legislature 2018
The AZ Legislature began its new session on January 8, 2018 and the Arizona Center for Economic Progress released 2018 Arizona Budget Q&A Publication: In Search of a State Budget that Creates Opportunity for All.
Every Arizonan has a stake int he budget and tax decisions Governor Ducey and the Arizona legislature make in 2018. Arizona has not seen the economic growth that was promised from the 2011 corporate tax cuts, and as a result, this year’s corporate income tax collections are forecast to be at their lowest level since 1993.
At the same time, our public schools have $1.1 billion less in annual funding that they had a decade ago. That is just one example of how a past fiscal decision is having a real impact on Arizona’s ability to meet today’s needs. State budgets and taxes are the foundation for achieving our common priorities that will lead to more quality jobs and a more robust economy for all of us. This publication provides information and analysis to help all Arizonans better understand how the state budget and tax decisions made by the legislature and Governor impact our ability to achieve greater economic prosperity for all.
The League of Women Voters “speaks with one voice.” National, state, and local Leagues take part in and support consensus positions. Once members reach agreement and a position is stated, the local, state, or national League may take action by:
● working with other organizations
● letter writing and email campaigns and personal visits to legislators and administrative agencies
● publishing and distributing pertinent materials
● testifying at legislative and administrative hearings to assure citizen input in policymaking decisions
● monitoring elections and other government activities such as council, commission, or committee meetings
● litigation to help clarify laws in the public interest
LWV takes action only when there is an existing League Consensus Position that supports a specific issue or speaks to a certain cause. While some positions may or may not be favored by a political party, all were achieved by careful, nonpartisan consideration.
TELL YOUR SENATORS TO VOTE AGAINST WELFARE FOR THE WEALTHY!
If you were a responsible lawmaker, would you vote on ANY very large-scale and broadly impactful legislation that has NOT gone through a regular vetting process? The tax bills being discussed in Congress have gone through no public hearings, no detailed committee hearings, and have no bipartisan support. And yet whatever passes will have major consequences for us all.
The Senate tax plan is not better than the House plan. Despite rhetoric from its supports about helping the middle class and small businesses, the plan does quite the opposite. Under the current version:
Senate GOP Tax Plan Devastating for AZ Teachers
PLEASE, call Senators Flake and McCain TODAY! Read how these proposals hurt teachers in the articles below. Other tax-proposal news:
A Stocking Full of Coal for all but the Rich
Millionaire: Tax Plan Will Hurt the Country, Even if it Benefits Me
And here’s a column from Laurie Roberts: John McCain Can Lead (Again) with his Vote on Senate Tax Bill
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LWV Takes Action & Advocates on LWV Position Statements
The League of Women Voters takes action on an issue or advocates for a cause when there is an existing League position that support the issue or speaks to the cause.
Position results from a process of study. Any given study, whether it be National, State, or Local, is thoroughly in its pursuit of facts and details. As the study progresses, a continuing discussion of pros and cons of each situation occurs. Prior to the results of the study being presented to the general membership, study committee members fashion consensus questions that are then addressed by the membership.
Additional discussion, pro and con, takes place as members (not part of the study committee) learn the scope of the study. After the members reach consensus, the board forms positions based on that consensus.
It is the Consensus Statement (the statement resulting from the consensus questions) that becomes a position. Firm action or advocacy can then be taken on the particular issue addressed by the position. Without a position, action or advocacy can NOT be taken.
How are Consensus & Positions Achieved?
At every level, League programs consists of those governmental issues that members choose for concentrated study, consensus, and action. At the annual program planning meeting, members discuss their ideas for local, state and national programs. Their proposals are submitted to the respective administrative team or board of directors. Each board the considers the proposals forwarded to it, formulates a recommended program, and present it to the membership at local annual meetings or to delegates at the state or national convention.
When an issue for study has been adopted, the board appoints a chairperson of a “study committee.” This person in turn finds other members to serve on the committee. Taking part in a study in an excellent way to become familiar with and get involved in the League.
The study committee researches the designated topic and presents all its information to members at the local team meetings, where it is discussed. Members strive to reach consensus, or agreement, and clearly state their stand, called a Position or Position Statement, on a particular issue. Consensus is not a simple majority, nor is it unanimity, rather it means an overall sense of the group. It is the committee’s responsibility to present all sides of the issue to members for their consideration, and with each team or group reaching consensus, it is possible to fine out what members think on the whole. However, the minority opinion will also surface.
If the state League is studying the topic, usually on a statewide issue, then it becomes a state consensus, and similarly, a national consensus if the style was conducted at that level on a national issue. In all cases, the consensus is reached through local Leagues participating at their local meetings, which is why member attendance is so important. From the consensus comes the statement of what the League supports or opposes.
Another process for obtaining a League position is through concurrence or agreement with some other League entity’s proposed statement. League members or boards can concur with recommendations or a statement from a task force, a resource committee, a unit group, or any League board, another local board, any state board, or the national board.
For further information, please go to the LWVAZ and local League websites!
● LWV Arizona: LWVAZ.org
● Greater Tucson: LWVGT.org
● Greater Verde Valley: LWVverdevalley.com
● Northwest Maricopa County: NWMC.AZ.LWVNET.org
● Central Yavapai County: CentralYavapai.az.lwvnet.org
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