Having a strong and vibrant public education system is critical to Arizona’s economy and ensuring that our children have the opportunities and skills they need to succeed. I have fought for additional funding for our schools and supporting our community colleges and universities. I voted to provide an additional $3.5 billion to Arizona schools over the next ten years without raising any taxes. As the current Chairwoman of the Education Committee and member of the Appropriations Committee, I fought to provide Arizona schools with over $240 million additional dollars this year. I pushed to have legislation passed and signed by the Governor that reformed a 30-year-old formula that was holding back our community colleges. This will allow them to work with local businesses and provide crucial workforce development training. Because of my strong track record for supporting public education I have received the Champion of the Education award from the Arizona School Administrators Association, named the 2016 Legislator of the Year from the Arizona Community College Coordinating Council and received the Golden Apple Award from the Arizona Parents for Education.
Our immigration system is crumbling right in front of us, and Congress continues to do nothing. As a legislator I supported the E-Verify program which makes every person must verify they’re eligible to work in the United States. I hope Congress will find the courage to pass this legislation nationwide. We need to increase security at our southern border and enforce our laws. We are a nation of laws and elected officials should not be able to pick and choose which ones to follow. Democrats in Congress have chosen to encourage these people to make this dangerous trek, and not enforce our laws. As a state senator, I have worked with our Congressional delegation on addressing these issues. I will continue to look for new ways the state Senate can act while Congress continues neglected our southern border.
Our district is blessed with an abundance of beauty and various natural resources. Unfortunately, the federal government controls much of the land. This hampers economic growth and stifles job opportunities for our residents. An abundance of new technology allows us to procure these resources in an environmentally friendly way, but the burdensome regulations from Washington D.C. make it impossible to do anything. I will fight to stop this federal overreach and push for Arizonans to be in control of our own land. The federal government has also made it difficult to thin our forests, and the resulting fires are we proof we must do something now.