Democratic Legislators at the State Capitol unveil their People First Priorities for a Special Session

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Arizona Democratic Leaders at the State Legislature have released the economic and social justice policy initiatives to combat the socioeconomic effects of the Coronavirus they would like to pursue when Governor Ducey decides to call a special session this summer.

Broken into the sections of a Stronger Arizona, Strong Schools, Healthy Communities, Indigenous Peoples, and a Thriving Economy, the Democratic proposals include measures to:

  • Increase unemployment insurance.
  • Provide funds for people to pay their rent and mortgages.
  • Reduce the prison population during COVID 19 by approving the early release of nonviolent prisoners (If they can do it for Paul Manafort and Michael Cohen, why not for the people in Arizona.)
  • Increase access to mail-in balloting, in-person voting locations, and securing the August and November elections.
  • Expand subsidies for child care.
  • Provide more to feed people under TANF/Food Stamps and help restore food security.
  • Fund schools based on last year’s students count.
  • Expand broadband and telemedicine for rural and urban centers.
  • Retain the services of additional academic and social-emotional support for students.
  • Make up the loss of tuition revenue to state colleges and universities.
  • Give Paid Family Leave to all state employees.
  • Install safety safeguards for nursing home and other elderly care facilities including those for visitation.
  • Supply essential workers proper PPE’s.
  • Fund greater infrastructure and social justice investments in Native American programs and localities.
  • Promote grants for small businesses to survive and move forward from the pandemic.
  • Craft a worker’s bill of rights “that guarantees job site safety and whistleblower protections, workers compensation, and streamlined unemployment insurance benefits.”

These proposals, along with the earlier released ideas on law enforcement reforms (please see the detailed proposals for both programs below) demonstrate the State Democratic Party’s commitment to putting people and communities first in addressing the current public health, economic, and civil and social inequality crises facing Arizona.

Hopefully, Governor Ducey and the State Republicans will answer the call of the people asking for help and call the Special Session very soon.

Legislative Democrats COVID-19 Special Session Proposal (2)

Special Session Proposal on Police Reform and Racial Justice

 

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David Gordon
Living in Arizona since his family moved to Tempe from New York in 1982, David Gordon has three degrees from Arizona State University and the University of Phoenix in History, Political Science, and Secondary School Administration. A highly qualified Social Studies instructor and Certified School Principal, Mr. Gordon owned his own charter school, Grand Canyon College Preparatory Academy from 1997-2016. The school served students in grades 6-12 in the East Valley of Maricopa County. Many of the graduates of GCP earned college credit for free while still attending high school, some completing the first year of college before graduating. Among the speakers at the school's graduations were noted figures in Arizona Politics like Harry Mitchell, David Schweikert, Juan Mendes, Andrew Sherwood, and John Huppenthal. Mr. Gordon also participated in the revisions of the Arizona History and Social Studies standards. In January 2017, Mr. Gordon started the political blog Twenty-First Century Progressive Bull Moose. It has a global following and routinely comments on the political events of the day. Mr. Gordon also helps administer the Facebook page Living Blue in Arizona. He is also currently writing a series of Young Adult science fiction novels which incorporate the themes of time travel and its impact on history. Mr. Gordon is very happy to be asked to join the Blog for Arizona team and hopes to spread the progressive word to make Arizona a better place for everyone.

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  1. How about the 40% of State Employees that have not had a salary adjustment in years. They pay the Highway Patrol, DOC and DCS what about the rest? Each year they fall further behind just in inflation but, with no voice, even the Dems ignore them. I don’t recommend anyone to work for the State, you will always lose out in the long run with under market pay, even the benefit package is not the golden apple it once was. That was always the trade off, great benefits for stasis pay. With the new premiums, co-pays and deductibles, it’s not the great deal it once was. Have courage and fight to do what’s right for the employee. They don’t even try, knowing it’ a lost cause with the red House and Senate.

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