Okay, so maybe Governor Ducey and the Legislature really are trying to solve the problem. You know, the one they, and those before them, created by pushing tax cuts, corporate welfare, and school privatization. But, it is REALLY hard to have the faith, when they throw out words like “advance-appropriated.” As in, “we can’t give you all 20 percent right now teachers, so we are going to advance-appropriate it in the next two budgets.”
I googled “advance-appropriate” and got nothing on the first page of search results. On the second page, there was a report from the New America Foundation titled, “Advance Appropriations: A Needless and Confusing Education Budget Technique.”
The New America Foundation appears to be fairly non-partisan with a vision that includes, “Equitable, accessible high-quality education and training over a lifetime”, “A society that promotes economic opportunity for all”, and “Equal representation in politics and participation in accountable governance.” Its Board of Directors includes New York Times Op-Ed Columnist David Brooks, ASU President Michael Crow, and many others from business, higher-education, and journalism.
Their report on advance appropriations referenced above, discusses the practice of this funding mechanism in Congress, and calls such a, “rarely understood budgeting approach that shifts funding into the fiscal year following the year covered by the appropriations process.” Continue reading →
In 2010, there was one marijuana arrest every 41 seconds; this cost taxpayers $3.6 billion dollars in that year alone. [Dear Congress, The War on Drugs is a waste of money. Give this money to the food stamp program.]
Between 2001-2010, there were 8.2 million arrests for marijuana– 88% were for possession.
50% of all drug arrests in the US are for marijuana. [Here's a hint for cities that cry about the need for more police: maybe some of them should work on murders, rapes, and robberies instead of victimless crimes like marijuana possession.]
“The war on marijuana has disproportionately been a war on people of color,” Edwards said in the [ACLU] release. “State and local governments have aggressively enforced marijuana laws selectively against Black people and communities, needlessly ensnaring hundreds of thousands of people in the criminal justice system at tremendous human and financial cost.”…
The ACLU is calling “for states to legalize, regulate and tax marijuana.”
The Republican vs Republican-lite Congressional District 2 race has finally been called. Congressman Ron Barber defeated Colonel Marthy McSally in a very tight contest.
With the special election primary, the special election, and the general election, Barber has been running for office for 10 months of this year. Now, he can finally relax into his new Capitol Hill seat.
But, wait, there’s more… now, he has to stand up and be our Congressman.
And immigration reform– a hot-button Southern Arizona issue, for sure– is at the top of President Barack Obama’s priority list, after his rainbow-hued election win. With his delayed deportation for Dreamers and his focus on deporting undocumented criminals (and not your housekeeper), Obama has been inching forward on immigration reform.
What will the role of Baja Arizona’s new Congressman be? Find out after the jump.
When my dogs race out the doggie door at night and start barking at passers-by, I figure they're just doing their job–warning ne'er-do-wells to move along and not linger by my gate. After all, there are plenty of seedy characters wandering the dimly-lit streets of midtown and downtown Tucson at night. If you live near the US-Mexico border, the seedy characters your barking dog encounters could be much more dangerous than drunken students, hookers, or small-time dope dealers.
After the jump, watch what this Bisbee dog found outside of her fence.
Hosted by Arizona Ground Game “Arizona has a shortage of Affordable homes. According to the Director of Tucson’s Housing & Community Development Department, “Our Community needs 60,000 more units!” The National Low Income Housing Coalition reports that Arizona has available … Continue reading →
Hosted by Southern Arizona VA Health Care System “In recognition of LGBT pride month, The Tucson VA will host a LGBT town-hall meeting on Wednesday, June 20 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Patio Conference Room in building … Continue reading →
Arizona List Celebrates and Red for Ed activism Take the next step! Elect women who make education a priority. Live music! Refreshments! Raffle! Free Gifts! https://www.facebook.com/events/194915921339238/Share this:FacebookTwitterMoreEmailTumblrPrintPocketRedditLinkedInGooglePinterest
The House I Live In WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20 AT 5:30PM | FREE ADMISSION Part of the Art for Justice Film Series presented by The University of Arizona Poetry Center. For the past 40 years, the war on drugs has resulted … Continue reading →
Hosted by Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence “Join us for a community-led discussion on enhancing sexual assault services and response in Tucson. Tucson has been a leader in Arizona when it comes to providing services for survivors … Continue reading →
“The Constitutional Issues in Higher Education (CIHE) Symposium is dedicated to examining constitutional concerns and influences that intersect with colleges and universities with a primary focus on the First Amendment. Institutions of higher education play a central role in educating, … Continue reading →
“The public is invited to attend a special film screening, hosted by the Pima County Safety + Justice Challenge, about the importance of destigmatizing mental health in the community. The films: Frontline: The Released – The acclaimed PBS investigative series … Continue reading →
“Are you tired of being afraid to have “difficult” conversations about race? Are you interested in the effects of personal change on diversity, equity, and inclusion? Are you ready to start your journey? Join other forward thinking people interested in … Continue reading →
Hosted by Invest in Education Arizona and Arizona Education Association “We’re going back to the capitol! Our walkout was the largest Arizona has ever seen. Together, we learned how it feels to make history. Now we’ve got just a few … Continue reading →
There are 2 nonpartisan seats up for election on the Amphitheater School Board. Susan Zibrat is a current board member, running for re-election. Matt Kopec is a former House. Rep. in LD 9, and now Council aide … Continue reading →
“Join us for the Warrior Women Weekend!! Meet Deedra Abboud, Candidate for United States Senate, Kelly Fryer, Candidate for Arizona Governor and Kathy Hoffman, Candidate for Arizona Superintendent (of Public Instruction). All three candidates will be at attending this can’t … Continue reading →
Ralph Atchue is running again for State Senate in LD 11. He lost to current Republican Senator Steve Smith in Nov. 2016. Also running again for LD 11 House is Hollace (Holly) Lyon, who lost in Nov. 2014 to current … Continue reading →
Hosted by Andrés Cano and 2 others “Join us for a forum for all of the Democratic candidates for the Arizona House and Senate. The event will be held on Monday, June 25, from 6-8 PM in the Sabino Room, … Continue reading →
Three Democrats running for 2 seats on Arizona Corporation Commission in the 8/28/18 primary: former Commissioners Bill Mundell and Sandra Kennedy (running as a team), and political newcomer Kiana Sears. 2 of the 5 seats on the AZ Corporation Commission … Continue reading →
“Our monthly Sustainable Living Forum brings experts to talk about, and discuss, topics in sustainable living. This month’s topic: Social Justice: Be the Change Guest speakers: Social Justice: Be the Change Bring your brains and enthusiasm. Learn from local experts, … Continue reading →