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Society’s Marital Benefits

Among the most important purposes of civil government are to restrain evil, bring good to society, and bring order to society. On all three grounds, it is right to conclude that government should define and regulate marriage.

Marriage restrains evil by promoting sexual faithfulness between a man and a woman, by establishing a legally binding commitment for parents to care for their children, by establishing a legally binding commitment for spouses to be financially responsible for and to care for one another, and by providing a legal protection to keep women from being exploited by men who might otherwise enjoy a sexual relationship for a time and then abandon a woman and any children she may have borne.

Second, marriage brings good to society in multiple ways. It promotes social stability, economic well-being, educational, and economic benefits for children, the transmission of moral and cultural values to the next generation, and a stable social unit for interactions within society.

Third, the establishment of marriage brings order to society to the general public will know who is married and who is not. Marital status can be established as a matter of public record so that in various ways the society as a whole can honor and protect individual marriages and can know who is responsible for the care and protection and training of children, and for the care of spouses who have medical, financial or other needs. In this way, defining and regulating marriage gives stability and order to a society. It is an extremely important social good that government should encourage and protect.

Only civil government can define a standard of what constitutes a marriage for the state, nation, or whole society.

If no definition of marriage is given to an entire society, then chaos and much oppression of women and children will ensue. Without government establishment of what constitutes marriage, the result is a proliferation of children born in temporary relationships without commitment, and more children born with no one taking responsibility for their general well-being and welfare.

The worldwide consensus throughout history is that society as a whole, through its governing authorities, needs to define and regulate marriage for its citizens. The greatest cost benefit to government and society is when children are protected by a permanent, faithful, co-residential, sexual coupling of a committed, married man and woman.

Since marriage provides great benefits to society with immense value, society has an interest in protecting and encouraging marriage.  The Supreme Court has frequently confirmed this, declaring in 1885 “the idea of the family, as consisting in and springing from the union for life of one man and one woman” is “the sure foundation of all that is stable and noble in our civilization.”

The history of marriage law in the U.S. shows that society has a strong interest in protecting and encouraging marriage between one man and one woman because of the great benefits that accrue from this institution – in multiple ways, benefits that no other relationship or institution can give.

Comparing the environment marriage provides during the pregnancy and birth of a baby with the environment of a cohabiting couple with no legal commitment attached, or to the environment provided by a temporary sexual liaison with no ongoing relationship, or to the environment provided by a homosexual couple that lacks either a mother or a father, or to the environment provided by a single mother who bears a child through in vitro fertilization or surrogate motherhood, it is evident the environment provided by the married heterosexual couple provides far more security for the child.

The environment is also better for the mother because marriage provides a better guarantee that the father will not abandon her to care for the child alone – including at cost to the taxpayers through government welfare programs. The environment of marriage is also better for the father because it provides strong legal and societal expectation that he will stay around and act responsibly with regard to the responsibilities formally associated with fatherhood.

All societies need babies to survive and thrive, and marriage between one man and one woman is the best environment for the birth, care, and raising of children. Children living with their own married parents attain significantly higher educational achievement. They are much more likely to enjoy a better economic standard in their adult lives and are much less likely to end up in poverty. Their physical and emotional health is better. They commit fewer crimes and experience less drug and alcohol abuse. They’ve demonstrated higher standards of integrity and moral principles.

Furthermore, children living with their own parents are less likely to experience physical abuse and are more likely to live in homes providing support, protection, and stability for them. They, in turn, are more likely to establish stable families in the next generation – requiring fewer government resources. Marital fidelity is highest among a married man and woman, resulting in the fewest STDs of any types of relational coupling. In addition, the highest rates of domestic abuse in society are among homosexuals – particularly females.

All of these factors are demonstrable through scholarly, peer-reviewed data – much of it provided by university researchers who describe their political leanings as Left.

And for all the reasons outlined above, marriage between one man and one woman is the basic building block of a stable society. It’s essential to the continuation of a healthy, stable society. It is highly beneficial for government to encourage and reward marriage between one man and one woman – through laws and policies. Policies and laws to the contrary do harm to the nation.

Homosexuals, as a whole, cannot provide the same benefits to children or society. Male homosexuals can expect a life expectancy shorted by 25-30 years. They are at a heightened risk of chronic, potentially fatal, liver disease (infectious hepatitis), fatal immune diseases including cancer, fatal rectal cancer, multiple bowel and other infectious diseases, higher rates of suicide, more drug and alcohol abuse, and adverse consequences due to risky behavior – most notably, frequent sex with hundreds, if not thousands, of anonymous sex partners.

Media in America typically represent homosexual couples as “normal” parents. But that is not an accurate portrayal of social realities. Nor is it an honest attempt at journalism, for the result is to delude society with false information. Media refuse to acknowledge that science has proved indisputably that homosexuality is not genetic, and fail to recognize the many social problems associated with homosexual relationships. The main reasons for dishonest, skewed, and false reporting by media is its collective liberal worldview, and its fear of protest by homosexual advocacy groups.

Furthermore, heterosexual marriage lasts many times longer than homosexual relationships (about 18 months. And when hetero marriages pass the 10-year mark, the divorce rate drops precipitously.

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Postscript: Homosexual activists are attempting to place an initiative on the general election ballot in November of 2014 to overturn Arizona’s constitutional protection of marriage between one man and one woman. If they succeed in changing the law, everyone in Arizona loses. Additionally, the result of same-sex “marriage” means a loss constitutional freedom for Americans; same-sex “marriage” will over-rule the First Amendment’s recognition of free speech and religious freedom because to oppose same-sex “marriage” will result in punishment, job loss and marginalization for those opposed. For so many reasons, the best outcome for Arizona society is to defeat this effort.

Information cited from:

Wayne Grudem, Politics and the Bible.

Marcia Barlow, The Marriage Advantage, United Families International

Sexual Orientation, United Families International

Arizona, Protect Our Marriage Culture from Radical Activists

Arizonans believe in a strong marriage culture. That’s why we protect it in our law and our state Constitution.

But now radical leftists want to destroy the institutions of marriage and family. They want to redefine it so it means essentially nothing. The people have already spoken on this issue. In 2008 we enacted a state constitutional marriage amendment to protect our state from activist judges beholden to radical special interest groups.

Don’t be fooled by a new effort to harm our marriage culture. Typical of the Left and its Democrat partisans, a group is using a seemingly harmless name in an effort to legalize marriage for Arizona homosexuals – who make up one percent of the state’s population. They’re calling themselves “Why Marriage Matters.” Their phrase is correct, but their intentions will have disastrous unintended consequences.

There is no groundswell for the change they are demanding. The children of Arizona are not crying out to be fatherless or motherless. Every boy and girl deserves both, and needs both, a father and a mother. But Why Marriage Matters would deny children of one of their biological parents.

In states with same-sex “marriage,” religious freedom is disappearing. It’s actually disappearing in states like New Mexico, where same-sex “marriage” is not legal, as well.

Furthermore, redefining marriage is not the end game for homosexual activists. Their real goal is to overthrow the concepts of marriage and family entirely. This would have dire ramifications for America … for Arizona. It will also lead to polygamy; in fact a Utah judge just struck down a state law banning polygamy.

Sadly, those who think they will benefit from same-sex “marriage” will not realize that vision. People in same-sex relationships suffer from much higher rates of domestic abuse than married heterosexual relationships. Rates of domestic abuse among female homosexuals are even higher than among male homosexuals. Their life spans are shorter, they are more likely to engage in drug and alcohol abuse. And the lack of infidelity among homosexuals leads to rampant anonymous sex and the accompanying health-threatening diseases.

The children of same-sex parents do more poorly in school, suffer more emotional problems, are at a greater risk of sexual abuse, and are less likely to marry someone of the opposite gender. As two of the leading homosexual activists in America confessed, homosexuality is a dismal existence:

Marshall Kirk and Hunter Madsen Ph.D., authors of “After the Ball: How America will Conquer its Fear and Hatred of Gays in the 90’s”(1989), conclude the male homosexual lifestyle “is the pits.”

Furthermore, it is important to recognize the common spin lines used by homosexual activists:

“I was born this way.”

Truth: Biomolecular scientists concluded 20 years ago that homosexuality is not genetic. No one is born that way.

Jesus never said anything about homosexuality.

Truth: Jesus and God are one and the same, the Bible is the inspired Word of the Triune God. Jesus says homosexuality is a sin.*

“How does my same-sex relationship affect your marriage?”

Truth: I did not consent to sign my marriage license as Party A. My wife did not consent to sign our marriage license as Party B. I do not want my children and grandchildren to grow up believing their gender is meaningless. Homosexuality has a detrimental impact on communities, the work place (more absenteeism due to health problems and drug and alcohol abuse), and the people jumping in and out of same-sex relationships. Already people have lost their jobs simply for supporting marriage as a one-man/one-woman marriage. People have lost the right to live by their own religious beliefs – without being punished, fined, or fired from their jobs. The First Amendment to the Constitution is being supplanted by homosexual activists and activist judges. Marriage supporters have received death threats and had their homes, belongings, and churches vandalized.

Left-wingers such as Grant Woods are backing this group. So is a Lutheran pastor, who mistakenly claims that scripture supports same-sex “marriage.” He could not be more wrong.

This is your wake-up call, Arizona. If these leftists succeed in qualifying their proposition for the November 2014 ballot, you will have to go to your polling place and vote it down. Let’s not allow our state to become another Massachusetts or Iowa, where radical special interests pressured for and got same-sex “marriage.”

Protect our marriage culture now. Tell your family and friends about this threat. Gain their assurance of protecting marriage – the union of one man and one woman – in Arizona.

The best thing for homosexuals, many of whom have undergone conversion therapy, is to not allow homosexual pressure groups to deceive them into following the false narrative that they were “born that way,” if lawmakers and judges fabricate special rights for them, and if they donate lots of money to them, they will be happy.

*We have all fallen short of the glory of God. We are all sinners, though the left-stream media is glorifying homosexuals as a “special class.”

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FLASHBACK! ‘I Have no Dog in the Fight’ and Other Arizona Media Myths

As we celebrate 10 years of The Arizona Conservative, here’s one of the more memorable reports on appalling and outrageous behavior by the left-stream media:

I Have No Dog in the Fight’ and other Arizona Media Myths

July 6, 2006

No one in the Arizona media better epitomizes liberal bias than Howard Fischer of Capitol Media Services. It is unclear whether Fischer obtained his journalism degree from a box of Crackerjax or from the “Acme School of Pseudo-Journalism.”

What was apparent once again today were his bias and unquestioned disdain for all things conservative relating to respect for life/marriage/family. The boorish Fischer behaved atrociously, not to mention unprofessionally, in the events surrounding Protect Marriage Arizona’s submission of ballot initiative signatures at the Secretary of State’s Office in Phoenix.

Fischer is an agenda-driven “journalist” who has made a disreputable career of starting off his so-called “straight news stories” by ripping conservative ideas and legislative bills. Today, he teed off on an initiative designed to prevent judicial activists from circumventing the democratic process and changing the definition of marriage to include homosexual and polygamous “marriages.”

As members of the Protect Marriage Arizona coalition waited for colleagues to arrive at the state capital with the signatures of 307,576 eligible voters who want to protect current marriage laws with an amendment to the state constitution, Fischer could barely contain himself. He asked gleefully if the petitions had been lost or possibly delivered to the wrong location.

A person knowing of Fischer’s biases responded, “You wish …” To which, Fischer said, “I have no dog in the fight,” and then he walked away.

Minutes later, the coalition forces had transported several boxes of petitions up seven floors to Secretary of State Jan Brewer’s office, as a large media entourage watched. The boxes had barely been placed on the office floor when Fischer, salivating for the taste of conservative flesh, led the charge. Leo Gozdich, president of The National Association of Marriage Enhancement, answered a media question, and then Fischer and the media “pack dogs” surrounded  him and verbally tore into him. Gozdich explained the benefits and value of marriage to society, all of which was lost on the intellectually challenged, emotionally-driven media.

Fischer was front and center harassing Gozdich. “Why do you not want civil unions,” Fischer angrily asked Gozdich.

Gozdich said, “We are protecting traditional marriage.”

“Who’s tradition!” shouted an alleged “reporter,” obviously emboldened by the alpha “reporter’s” aggression.

As the rancor grew between the attack dogs and Gozdich, Nathan Sproul cut in. “The story today,” said the campaign consultant for PMA, “is that we have submitted over 300,000 signatures. This speaks to the grassroots movement to protect marriage in Arizona.”

When Bob McClay, reporter for KTAR Radio (Phoenix) asked Sproul his name, Fischer bared his “fangs” and shot in, “He’s paid.” As if Sproul would not want to protect marriage if not paid for his services.

“Our singular intent is to preserve marriage,” Sproul said, unfazed. Sproul said the idea behind Protect Marriage Arizona is to put the issue of heterosexual marriage on the election ballot and let the people decide.

“Isn’t that pretty elitist?” Fischer asked snottily.

“It used to be that blacks and whites couldn’t marry either.”

Gozdich, himself a former Columbia University journalism student, had seen enough. “We live in a democracy … you’re engaging in debate, not in journalism,” he told an over-the-edge Fischer.

Another alleged “reporter” – not wearing any badge and who could have been a homosexual activist posing as a reporter – wedged his way to the front and fired another hard-edged and loaded question across the bow of the PMA leaders. Sproul calmly said, “We are 100 percent confident we will be able to defend the legal challenge in Superior Court and in the Arizona Supreme Court.” Sproul, too, had had enough by now and he declared the press conference over.

He and the coalition members then departed via the elevator.

“Why are you cutting off the press conference?” shouted Fischer, anxious for more verbal sparring.

On his way to the elevator, Gozdich said that the New York Supreme Court had just yesterday delivered a ruling in defense of traditional marriage. Not that any of this would matter to intellectually starved media reps in attendance plying leftist theology.

Fischer continued ranting and raving as the ravenous pack waited for its own elevator. “They should answer our questions! They cut off the press conference!” The media “groupthink swarm” then moved as one unit into the elevator and headed down to the first floor. Fischer, spoiling for a fight, rambled on barely coherent: “Sproul’s been investigated before. In Nevada, he was destroying Democrat registrations … they cut off the press conference … I love Nathan saying ‘we’re off the record here’ …. And Nathan saying ‘we weren’t prepared for a press conference.’”

Another “reporter” in the elevator — Dennis Welch of the East Valley Tribune, said, “we’re the media scum.” The temptation is strong to make a statement about truth in advertising, but no additional comment will be added here.

At last, the elevator reaches the ground floor, the door opens and “alpha dog” Fischer lunges out looking for and finding a likely victim — Secretary of State Jan Brewer, waiting for an upward bound elevator. “Have you ever had a relationship with a homosexual,” Fischer asked. Brewer laughed him off and walked on.  I

t was obvious that the homosexual activists who oppose PMA did not need to be there today. The media did their dirty work for them.

The one bright spot of the morning came minutes later in the Wesley Bolin Plaza parking lot, where McClay conducted a fair, civil, and unbiased one-on-one interview with Gozdich.

Imagine that, a real interview conducted with professional deportment, rather than a debate from a reporter. There is hope for the Arizona media after all.

Dozens of Christian Leaders will not Cross that Line if Marriage Re-defined

This coming week is the week the U.S. Supreme Court will two crucial decision on marriage. Hopefully the High Court will beat back attacks on the federal Defense of Marriage Act and restore the vote of 7 million California voters upholding the Proposition 8 marriage amendment — only to have one biased, homosexual judge over-ride their votes. Dozens of Christian leaders have signed the following letter to demonstrate that even if the Court foolishly redefines marriage against the majority of Americans who believe marriage is the union of one man one woman they will not cross that line. Read their letter below:

We stand together as Christians in defense of marriage and the family and society founded upon them. While we come from a variety of communities and hold differing faith perspectives, we are united in our common faith in Jesus Christ.

We acknowledge that differences exist between us on important matters of religious doctrine and practice. But, on the matter of marriage, we stand in solidarity. As a nation, we have lost our moral compass. As a result, we are losing true freedom. We affirm together that there is a moral basis to a free society. Though we live in a secular society, together we reject relativism and secularism.

We affirm that marriage and family have been inscribed by the Divine Architect into the order of creation. Marriage is ontologically between one man and one woman, ordered toward the union of the spouses, open to children and formative of family. Family is the first vital cell of society; the first church, first school, first hospital, first economy, first government and first mediating institution of our social order. The future of a free and healthy society passes through marriage and the family.

Marriage as existing solely between one man and one woman was not an idea manufactured by the Christian Church. It precedes Christianity. Though affirmed, fulfilled, and elevated by Christian teaching, the truth that marriage can exist only between one man and one woman is not based on religion or revelation alone, but on the Natural Moral Law, written on the human heart and discernible through the exercise of reason.

This claim of the existence of such a Natural Moral Law is the ground upon which every great civilization has been built. It is the source of every authentic human and civil rights movement. This Natural Moral Law gives us the norms we need to build truly human and humane societies and govern ourselves. It should also inform our positive law or we will become lawless and devolve into anarchy.

Marriage is the preeminent and the most fundamental of all human social institutions. Civil institutions do not create marriage nor can they manufacture a right to marry for those who are incapable of marriage. In the words of the first book of the Bible, we read: “it is not good for man to be alone.” (Genesis 2:18) Society begins with marriage and the family.

Like many other concerned Americans, we await the opinion of the Supreme Court of the United States on two cases which open up the possibility that the 0institution of marriage will be further undermined by a judicial opinion. We pledge to stand together to defend marriage as what it is, a bond between one man and one woman, intended for life, and open to the gift of children.

The institutions of civil government should defend marriage and not seek to undermine it. Government has long regulated marriage for the true common good. Examples, such as the age of consent, demonstrate such a proper regulation to ensure the free and voluntary basis of the marriage bond. Redefining the very institution of marriage is improper and outside the authority of the State. The Supreme Court has no authority to redefine marriage.

If the Supreme Court becomes the tool by which marriage is redefined in the positive law of this nation, the precedent established will leave no room for any limitation on what can constitute such a redefined notion of marriage. Conferring a moral and legal equivalency to same-sex couples by legislative or judicial fiat also sends the message that children do not need a mother and a father. It undermines their fundamental rights and threatens their security, stability, and future.

As Christian citizens united together, we will not stand by while the destruction of the institution of marriage unfolds in this nation we love. The Sacred Scriptures and unbroken teaching of the Church confirm that marriage is between one man and one woman. We stand together in solidarity to defend marriage and the family and society founded upon them. The effort to redefine marriage threatens the proper mediating role of the Church in society.

Experience and history have shown us that if the government redefines marriage to grant a legal equivalency to same-sex couples, that same government will then enforce such an action with the police power of the State. This will bring about an inevitable collision with religious freedom and conscience rights. We cannot and will not allow this to occur on our watch. Religious freedom is the first freedom in the American experiment for good reason.

Finally, the Supreme Court has no authority to redefine marriage and thereby weaken both the family and society. Unlike the Legislative Branch that has the power of the purse and the Executive Branch which has the figurative power of the sword, the Judicial Branch has neither. It must depend upon the Executive Branch for the enforcement of its decisions.

As the Supreme Court acknowledged in the 1992 decision of Planned Parenthood v. Casey, its power rests solely upon the legitimacy of its decisions in the eyes of the people. If the Supreme Court were to issue a decision that redefined marriage or provided a precedent on which to build
an argument to redefine marriage, the Supreme Court will thereby undermine its legitimacy. The Court will significantly decrease its credibility and impair the role it has assumed for itself as a moral authority. It will be acting beyond its proper constitutional role and contrary to the Natural Moral Law which transcends religions, culture, and time.

As Christians united together in defense of marriage, we pray that this will not happen. But, make no mistake about our resolve. While there are many things we can endure, redefining marriage is so fundamental to the natural order and the true common good that this is the line we must draw and one we cannot and will not cross.

Mathew Staver
Chairman
Liberty Counsel Action
Co-drafter
Deacon Keith Fournier
Common Good Alliance
Catholic Online
Co-drafter
Rev. Samuel Rodriguez
National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference
Fr. Paul CB Schenck, MA, EdD
National Representative
Catholics United for Life
Hon. Kenneth Blackwell
Constitutional Congress
Fmr. U.S. Ambassador to United
Nations on Human Rights
Anita Staver
President
Liberty Counsel
James Robison
LIFE Outreach International
Fr. Randolph W. Sly
Common Good Foundation
Fr. Frank Pavone
National Director, Priests for Life
President, National Pro-Life Religious Council
Rev. Johannes L. Jacobse
American Orthodox Institute
Benjamin S. Carson, M.D.
World-renowned pediatric neurosurgeon
Tony Perkins, President
Family Research Council
James C. Dobson, Ph.D., President and Founder
Family Talk Action
William G Boykin, LTG(R) US Army
President, Kingdom Warriors Ministries
Dr. Erwin Lutzer
Moody Church – Chicago, IL
Colin A Hanna, President
Let Freedom Ring
Dr. Ché Ahn
Senior Pastor, HROCK Church, Pasadena, CA
President, Harvest International Ministry
International Chancellor, Wagner Leadership Institute
Carlos Campo, Ph. D., President
Regent University
Dr. Richard Land, President
Southern Evangelical Seminary
Dr. Paige Patterson, President
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
Governor Mike Huckabee
National TV & Radio Host
Ron Luce, Founder
Teen Mania
Bill Donohue, President
Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights
Betty Robison,Co-Host
LIFE Today Television
Dr. Jack W. Hayford, Chancellor The King’s University—Dallas/Los Angeles
Rick Joyner, President
The Oak Initiative
Rick Scarborough, President
Vision America Action
Dr. Carl Herbster, President
Advance USA
Dr. Alveda C. King, President
Alveda King Ministries
Star Parker, President
CURE

Ruth Graham, President
Ruth Graham Ministries
Tim Clinton, President
American Association of Christian Counselors
Dr. Keith Wiebe, President
American Association of Christian Schools
Bill Johnson, President
American Decency Association
Don Wildmon, Founder/Chairman Emeritus American Family Association
Tim Wildmon, President American Family Association
Nancy Schulze, Co-Founder
American Prayer Initiative
Gary L. Bauer, President
American Values
Tom Hoefling, Chairman
America’s Party
Dr. Kenneth Hutcherson, Senior Pastor
Antioch Bible Church
Andrew Wommack
Andrew Wommack Ministries, Inc.
Dr. Sergio Navarrete, Superintendent
A/G – Southern Pacific District
Eleazar Rodriguez, Jr
A/G – Texas Louisiana Hispanic District
Pastor Juan Eliel Garcia
Auditorio de la Fe – La Nueva FM 88.3FM
Al Kresta, President and CEO
Ave Maria Radio
Sue Ek, Executive Director
BOMA-USA
Stanley Jeter, Sr. Producer, CBN News
President, ComunicadoresUSA
Rev. Dan E. Collis, Pastor Bell Shoals Baptist Church – Apollo Beach
John Martin, Senior Adult Pastor
Bell Shoals Baptist Church – Apollo Beach
Dr. Jeffrey Meyer, Exec. Pastor
Bell Shoals Baptist Church
Dr. Stephen Rummage, Sr. Pastor
Bell Shoals Baptist Church
George & Sandra Thomasson, Pastor Bell Shoals Baptist Church – Apollo Beach
Dr. Mike Spaulding
Calvary Chapel of Lima, OH
Steve Strang, Founder & CEO
Charisma Media
Matt Smith, President
Catholic Advocate
Sue Trombino, Founder
Women Impacting the Nation
Bishop Harry R. Jackson, Jr., President
High Impact Leadership Coalition
Daniel Hite, Pastor
Christian Family Fellowship
Carlos S. Morán, Ed.D.
Dir.of Hispanic Ministries Church of God International, Cleveland, TN
Bishop Juan A. Garcia, Admin. Bishop
Church of God Northeast Spanish Region
Michael A. Montelongo, Former Mayor
City of Sanger, CA
Michael L. Brown, Ph.D., Director
Coalition of Conscience
Terry Kemple, President
Community Issues Council
Penny Nance, CEO and President
Concerned Women for America

Robert Gittelson,
President Conservatives for Comprehensive Immigration Reform
Rick Ryan, Director
Convoy of Hope Nathan Blackwell, Senior Pastor
Cornerstone Family Church – St. Cloud, FL
The Most Reverend Rene Henry Gracida, Bishop Emeritus
Corpus Christi – Corpus Christi, Texas
Dr. Tom Mullins, Founding Pastor
Christ Fellowship
Amelia Den Hartog, MS., PLMHP
Christ for the City International
Marcus Lamb
Daystar Television Network
Rev. Rick Stevens, Pastor
Diplomat Wesleyan Church
Cape Coral, FL
Shannon M. Jones, President
CatechismClass.com
M. Daniel Carroll R. (Rodas), PhD
Distinguished Professor of Old Testament
Denver Seminary
Jay. W. Richards, PhD, Senior Fellow
Discovery Institute
George and Terri Pearsons, Pastors
Eagle Mountain International Church
Andrew Haines, Editor
Ethika Politika
Gary Marx, E. D.
Faith and Freedom Coalition
Ralph Reed, Chairman
Faith and Freedom Coalition
Stephen Broden
Sr. Pastor, Fair Park Bible Fellowship
Pres., Constitutional Defenders of Texas
Rev. Louise Yakubisin, Assoc. Pastor
Faith Christian Fellowship Church
Newton, Ohio
Rev. Gary Cristofaro, Senior Pastor
First Assembly of God, Melbourne FL
Dr. Robert Jeffress, Pastor
First Baptist Church Dallas, TX
Dr. Richard Lee, Founding Pastor
First Redeemer Church – Alpharetta, GA
Pat Andrews, President Florida Eagle Forum
John Stemberger, President
Florida Family Policy Council
Norman Blanton, Pastor
Foursquare Church
Colonel (AL) John Eidsmoe
Senior Counsel and Resident Scholar Foundation for Moral Law
Patrick Lee
Director of Institute of Bioethics
Franciscan University of Steubeniville
Dr. Lloyd Stilley, Senior Pastor
First Baptist Church Gulf Shores, AL
John Meador, Senior Pastor
First Baptist Church Euless, TX
Don Worden
Pastor of Church Administration and Missions
First Baptist Church of Pompano Beach Florida
Steve Dulin, Elder
Gateway Church
Robert Morris, Senior Pastor
Gateway Church
Bill Gattis, retired Vice Pres.
Exxon Mobil
Dr. Cindy & Mike Jacobs, Co-Founders
Generals International

Michael Cordeiro, Deacon Grace and Truth Family Baptist Church
Nathaniel & Veronica Dixon, Pastors
Grandview Church – Dunnellon, FL
Dr. Robert W. Roach, Pastor
Haven of Hope of St. Lucie County
Mark Andrews, President Heartland Research Corporation
Ronald L. Drumm, Pastor Henderson Blvd Church of Christ
Dr. Carl Herbster, President
Center to Advance the USA
Patricia Sullivan
Women Impacting the Nation
Dr. Travis Smith, Sr. Pastor
Hillsdale Baptist Church
Jesse Rincones, Executive Director
Hispanic Baptist Convention of Texas
Michael P. Donnelly, HSLDA Attorney
Home School Legal Defense Association
Rev. Nilo Ayala, Senior Pastor
Iglesia De Dios De Auburn
Rev. Carlos Quintero Iglesia Harvest Rock Hispana Unidad Los Angeles
David E. Smith, Executive Director
Illinois Family Institute
Pasqual Urrabazo Jr., Associate Pastor
International Church of Las Vegas
Frank Lopez, Sr. Pastor
Jesus Worship Center
Phillip L. Jauregui, President
Judicial Action Group
Eugene J. Zurlo
KCHS Radio
John Kirkwood, Pastor Grace Gospel Fellowship
Kenneth and Gloria Copeland
Founder and Co-Founder,
Kenneth Copeland Ministries
Rev. Jesten F. Peters, President/Minister
Keys of Authority Ministries, Inc.
Steve Smothermon, Pastor Legacy Church – Albuquerque,NM
Dean Shawn Akers
Liberty University
Helms School of Government
Yuri Mantilla, Ph.D., Dir. of Global Initiatives
Liberty University School of Law
Judith Gelernter Reisman, Ph.D.
Visiting Professor of Law
Liberty University School of Law
Dr. Johnny M. Hunter, DD, National Director
Life Education and Resource Networks
Gene Mills, President
Louisiana Family Forum
Dr. María M. Hermida, President
Magda Hermida Ministries
Rev. Yolandita Colon, Exec.Justice Pastor
Maranatha Minneapolis Church
Minnesota Chapter Director of NHCLC
Jimmy Evans, Founder and CEO
MarriageToday
Linda Harvey, Host Mission America
Patrick A. Trueman, President, CEO
Morality in Media
Steven Frakes, Pastor
Mount Zion Bible Church – Pensacola, FL
Jeff Pollard, Pastor
Mount Zion Bible Church – Pensacola, FL

Ted Baehr
Movie Guide
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Oklahoma City Chapter Director
National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference
Rev. Eve Nunez, V.P. of Networking
National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference
Steve Noble, Host
Called2Action Today
Pastor Carlos Ortiz, V.P. Southeast Region
National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference
Gene Pierce, Executive Director
Ohio Faith & Freedom Coalition
Dr. Steve Kern, Senior Pastor
Olivet Baptist Church – Oklahoma City, OK
Candidate Oklahoma Senate District 40
Jacob Aranza, Senior Pastor
Our Savior’s Church-Broussard, LA
Jim Garlow, Founding Director
Pastors Rapid Response Team
Bud Hansen, Jr.,Secretary
Papal Foundation
Janet Parshall
Nationally Syndicated Talk Show Host
Joy Allen, Advisory Board
Pennsylvania Catholics Network
Deal W. Hudson, President
Pennsylvania Catholics Network
Ted Meehan, Executive Director
Pennsylvania Catholics Network
John & Patsy Radcliffe
Advisory Board
Pennsylvania Catholics Network
Raymond Rivera Martinez, Presidente
La Iglesia de Dios Pentecostal MI a nivel mundial
Daniel A. Rodriguez, PhD
Professor of Religion and Hispanic Studies
Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA
Sonja Corbitt, Founder
PursuingtheSummit.com
Dr. Moses Mercedes, President
Radio Amor and NHCLC Board Member
Rev. Paul Blair
Reclaiming America for Christ
Barbara B.Henkels, Co-Founder
Regina Academies, Philadelphia
William J. Murray, Chairman
Religious Freedom Coalition
Matt C. Abbott
RenewAmerica.com
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Join the Rallies against Medicaid Expansion Saturday!

The Kick-Off Rally for United Republican Alliance of Principled Conservatives is scheduled at 10 am., Saturday, June 22 on the State Capitol Lawn, 1700 W. Washington, in Phoenix. The rally will open the campaign to get enough signatures to place a referendum on the November ballot to stop Medicaid expansion. At 1 p.m., supporters of the effort will rally at two separate locations for the purpose of canvassing the districts containing the senator and representatives who supported Gov Jan Brewer’s Medicaid Expansion. They will regroup at:

LD 18 Canvass – (McComish – Dial – Robson) Join Frank Antenori and Christine Bauserman at: McDonald’s, 4750 E Warner Rd, NW corner Warner/48th St) Phoenix. 85044

LD15 Canvass (Heather Carter) – Join Ron Gould at the Deer Valley Airport, 702 W. Deer Valley Road, Phoenix, 85027

Restoring Arizona Spokesman Insults ObamaCare Opponents as ‘Fringe Group’

A spokesman for Restoring Arizona, a group supporting the recently enacted and abortion-tainted Medicaid expansion/ObamaCare, has insulted opponents by labeling them a “fringe group.” The statement below was issued in an email today from Jaime Molera, a former appointed State Superintendent of Public Instruction:

“It is clear that the Arizona Constitution prohibits referral of laws that are ‘for the support and maintenance of the departments of the state government and state institutions.’ Consequently, the opponents of Medicaid expansion cannot invalidate (or stall) the appropriation of state funds covering expanded AHCCCS coverage.

“These fringe groups who have opposed this restoration effort from the start willfully intend to ignore the will of the Arizona voters who have twice voted to support Medicaid coverage for childless adults who earn less than 100% of the Federal Poverty level.”

The ink on Governor Brewer’s signature has barely dried. Yet Molera and Medicaid expansion/ObamaCare supporters are already paranoid about a citizen effort to roll back the big government plan through a ballot proposition.

When Gov. Brewer needed the vote of Arizona citizens to get re-elected, these people were good enough then. But now, for opposing Medicaid expansion/ObamaCare, they are rudely discounted as a “fringe group.”

This is a highly inflammatory and extremely poor choice of words. Sour grapes are usually reserved for sore losers. But in this case, those who won a political battle are guilty of sour grapes.

Two former duly elected state legislators — Ron Gould and Frank Antenori — are spearheading the ballot proposition amendment process. They already have written commitments of support from 500 Republican precinct committeemen to get the ballot proposal signatures needed to qualify for the election ballot. These are the same people who worked at the grassroots level for Brewer’s re-election — only to be insulted for opposing her now. The governor herself has openly ridiculed and mocked these hard-working people who work the neighborhoods in extreme heat to get people like her elected. It’s a good thing for her she’s a lame duck, because she just killed any chance she has to get elected to any office in Arizona in the future.

We urge you and as many of your family and friends as possible to sign the petitions and help circulate them throughout Arizona. Join in this effort now.

Gould and Antenori have formed a committee to make that happen. It’s called The United Republican Alliance of Principled Conservatives. For more information on how to help this alliance, call Christine Bauserman at (520) 235-2234. Thank you.

And be sure to let the governor and Molera know their sour grapes comments are highly inflammatory and insulting. Molera’s phone number is: (602) 279-9925. Hello, Jaime … about those disgusting, ill-tempered, and regrettable remarks …

Mayors and Councilmembers Throughout AZ Join Coalition Against Prop. 204

Only one short week after Scottsdale Mayor W.J. “Jim” Lane announced that he would be forming a statewide coalition of mayors and councilmembers in opposition to Proposition 204, 34 leaders from across Arizona have already signed on to support the “No on New Taxes, No on 204″ effort. Coalition Members as of 10/18/2012 include:

Mayors & Vice Mayors

Mayor W.J. “Jim” Lane – Scottsdale

Mayor Jay Tibshraeny – Chandler

Mayor Linda Kavanagh – Fountain Hills

Mayor Scott Lamar – Paradise Valley

Mayor Kenny Evans – Payson

Marlin Kuykendall – Prescott

Mayor David Schwan – Carefree

Mayor John Salem – Kingman

Mayor Lana Mook – El Mirage

Mayor Thomas Schoaf – Litchfield Park

Mayor Mark Nexsen – Lake Havasu City

Mayor Mike LeVault – Youngtown

Mayor Gail Barney – Queen Creek

Vice Mayor Ernie Bunch – Queen Creek

Vice Mayor Michael Hughes – Payson

Former Mayor Hugh Hallman – Tempe

Councilmembers  

Councilman Ron McCullagh – Scottsdale

Councilman Jim Waring – Phoenix

Councilman Bill Gates – Phoenix

Councilman Cody Beeson – Yuma

Councilman Don Callahan – Lake Havasu City

Councilman Jim Buster – Avondale

Councilman Sam Medrano – Bullhead City

Councilwoman Vallarie Woolridge – Florence

Councilman Victor Peterson – Gilbert

Councilman Eddie Cook – Gilbert

Councilman Jordan Ray – Gilbert

Councilman Bridger Kimball – Maricopa

Councilman Joe Hornat – Oro Valley

Councilman Scott Stewart – Wickenburg

Councilman Sam Crissman – Wickenburg

Councilwoman Cassie Hansen – Fountain Hills

Councilman Jim Brown – Queen Creek

Councilman Dean Barlow – Lake Havasu City

Councilman Bill Bracco – Sahuarita

“Municipal leaders from all across Arizona, from all backgrounds, are joining together to declare in one voice that Proposition 204 is bad for Arizona,” said Mayor Lane. “This overwhelming opposition from our elected leaders is a testament to just how poorly thought-out Prop. 204 really is.  Not only could Prop. 204 destroy job growth by causing Arizona to have the second highest sales tax in the nation, it would also rob our cities and towns of state shared revenues which could force them to either raise taxes, or cut services.  And when it is all said and done, there is still no guarantee that any of the dollars from this $1 billion permanent tax increase will ever reach the classroom.”

Few leaders have a more enduring track record of supporting education than Mayor Kenny Evans of Payson.  “As a former High School teacher, Community College Instructor, School Board President, and education advocate and supporter of education and technology, I am saddened by this poorly drafted ballot proposition,” said Mayor Evans.  “I cannot support this ill-conceived and poorly worded permanent tax grab.”

These 34 mayors and councilmembers add to a growing list of elected officials including Gov. Jan Brewer, U.S. Congressman David Schweikert, Senate President Steve Pierce, Speaker of the House Andy Tobin and many others who have already joined State Treasurer Doug Ducey in his effort to defeat this permanent tax increase.

“In only one week, Mayor Lane’s coalition has garnered a powerful and influential list of civic leaders in opposition to Prop 204 ,” said Doug Ducey, State Treasurer and Chairman of the No New Taxes, No on 204committee. “This coalition reinforces our concerns that Prop 204 is bad for local municipalities, and is especially bad for Arizona taxpayers. Passing a $1 billion blank check for special interest giveaways with almost no accountability standards and no real education reform does nothing to help Arizona’s teachers or its students.”

If passed, Prop 204 will result in Arizona having the 2nd highest sales tax in America, only behind Tennessee, a state with no income tax. This is only one of the many reasons why the State League of Arizona Cities and Towns opposes Prop. 204.  The lack of accountability and the heavy input from special interest groups make Prop 204 wildly unpredictable.  Prop 204 also earmarks hundreds of millions of tax payer dollars for programs and special interest groups that have nothing to do with public education.

Vote Yes on Prop 120

ANALYSIS BY LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL  

In 1910, the United States Congress passed the Arizona-New Mexico Enabling Act, allowing Arizona to become a state. The Enabling Act also granted Arizona approximately 10.9 million acres of state trust land, subject to certain terms for the management, operation, use and disposition of those trust lands.   Proposition 120 would amend the Arizona Constitution to declare Arizona’s sovereign and exclusive authority and jurisdiction over the air, water, public lands, minerals, wildlife and other natural resources within the state’s boundaries. Specifically excluded from this declaration are Indian reservations, lands of the United States and federal “forts, magazines, arsenals, dock-yards, and other needful buildings” obtained for federal government purposes, as required by Article I, section 8, clause 17 of the United States Constitution.   Proposition 120 also would amend the Arizona Constitution to repeal Arizona’s disclaimer of all right and title to public lands within the state (except Indian reservations) and to repeal Arizona’s consent to provisions of the Enabling Act.   Proposition 120 would declare that each state possesses full attributes of sovereignty on an equal footing with all other states, as provided by the United States Constitution, and that state sovereignty is fundamental to the security of individual rights, free government and the inherent political power of the people.

ARGUMENTS “FOR” PROPOSITION 120  

(I support Proposition 120. When the western territories became states, the federal government violated the enabling acts that incorporated them and retained land within each of the western states in violation of federal law. Federal retention of that land hurts the economy of the western states and leaves them struggling to adequately fund public education, nurture their economies, and manage their forests and natural resources. Simply put, federal control and interference in state affairs inhibits Arizona’s ability to provide for the welfare, health and safety of our people.   The EPA threatens to close coal-generating power plants with excessive regulations. Closing these plants will result in higher utility costs for everyone.   We can’t build a bridge or perform needed flood control activities because of interference from numerous federal agencies.   We experience catastrophic forest fires, loss of wildlife habitat, threats to community watersheds, and loss of jobs, all of which affect the economy everywhere in the state. When the federal government mismanages our forestlands, the state cannot intervene.   Roads are being closed and citizens denied access across federal lands.   It takes years to obtain mining permits from the federal government, and some areas are closed to mining all together. As a result, Arizona loses billions of dollars that could be used to fund education and address other budget concerns.   Meanwhile, our abundant natural resources remain under the control of unelected federal bureaucrats.   Arizona is a sovereign state, and we have a right to control the air, water, public lands, minerals, wildlife, and other natural resources within our boundaries. Passing Prop 120 would be a small but important step in asserting our state rights and a rejection of the archaic colonial control by the federal government. I SUPPORT PROP 120 .)

Sylvia Allen, State Senator, Arizona State Senate, Candidate for Navajo County Board of Supervisors, District 3, Snowflake  

Proposition 120/ HCR 2004   “…and they [Congress] may so exercise this power as entirely to annihilate all the state governments, and reduce this country to one single government. And if they may do it, it is pretty certain they will; for it will be found that the power retained by individual states, small as it is, will be a clog upon the wheels of the government of the United States; the latter therefore will be naturally inclined to remove it out of the way.”   This “conspiracy theory” is not from talk radio. It was written, presumably by Robert Yates in October of 1787 as part of an effort to convince Americans that this newly written document could be abused.   The Constitution of the United States allows for certain properties for the federal government.   (1) To establish Post Offices and post roads (I, §8, Clause 7), (2) the Seat of Government (3) and to exercise like Authority over all Places purchased by the Consent of the Legislature (4) for the Erection of Forts, (5) Magazines, (6) Arsenals, (7) dock-Yards, and (8) other needful Buildings (i.e. Court buildings).   Article IV, § 3, Clause 2 and the Fifth Amendment referring to “public purposes” apply ONLY to those ends. The Fifth Amendment was never meant for States, counties or cities to steal private land from one for the private benefit of another. Congress has NO authority to establish a National Forest Service or National Park Service and all land inside Arizona belongs to the citizens of Arizona.   While I urge people to take back our land and vote YES on this proposition, I also urge that citizens recoil from the selling of the forests and lands around our Grand Canyon State Park and other parks to private interest.

Glen C. Davis, Williams  

Farm Bureau Supports a “Yes” Vote on Proposition 120   Arizona Farm Bureau supports Proposition 120. Farmers and ranchers understand both stewardship and productivity of the land and our natural resources. In the last ten years, we have had devastating forest fires, followed by damaging floods. The machinery of federal bureaucracy slows and in some cases stops recovery and re-use.   Our members, along with many others have become frustrated and inflamed over the federal mis-management of our public lands. Proposition 120 draws a line and throws an anchor out to exhibit we are at wits end. It begins with our forests and federal stewardship and runs to how the government functions as a landlord. Certainly, Proposition 120 requires further action by Congress, but so does any other measure necessary for course correction. We hope this message ignites and sustains a dialogue to lead to meaningful reform in federal policies and programs.

Kevin G. Rogers, President, Arizona Farm Bureau Federation, Gilbert

James W. Klinker, Chief Administrative Officer, Arizona Farm Bureau Federation, Gilbert  

Freedom requires being sovereign. Our federal Constitution established two systems for separation of powers to preserve our liberty. Unfortunately only the separation of the three branches of government is reported. Equally important is the separation of powers between federal government and sovereign states. States gave limited authority for the federal government under our Constitution. All powers not specifically granted to the federal government are reserved for the states and the people .   Prop 120 is an Arizona constitutional amendment to re-establish this necessary constitutional separation/balance of power to protect our liberty and civil rights. It declares our public lands and natural resources, are under our sovereign control, as provided in the NW Ordinance of 1787 and SW Ordinance of 1790 for the admission of states, excluding Indian lands and lands under Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution.   Over the last century, the separation between federal and state powers has been eviscerated. Without Senate accountability to our legislatures we are the recipients of unfunded federal mandates and restrictions which take our civil constitutionally guaranteed rights under the guise of giving us a faux benefit we can’t pay for. This abuse is demonstrated by; the denial of century old water rights for Tombstone; denial for Arizona to manage Arizona forest lands resulting in devastating fires; denial of Arizonans to commercially and environmentally regulate our own natural resources; and denial to protect our citizens at the border . In 2009 we caught 29,000 illegals from terrorist designated countries ! What better stewards are there of our land and safety, than the citizens that live with their decisions? When the Feds screw up – they have no consequences – but we do!   The feds propose “anti-bully” rules for our schools but what we need is an anti-federal bully rule. We the people Vote for Prop 120!

Proposition 120: A measure to establish Arizona’s Sovereignty over its natural resources   If passed, this proposition will provide Arizona with the same authority over its own natural resources enjoyed by other states. It will grant the state the ability to more effectively protect and harness the economic potential stored in the air, water, public lands, minerals, wildlife and other natural resources within the state.   Proposition 120 will increase Arizona’s ability to use federally held land: Currently, Arizona exercises control of only 29% of the land held in our state. This puts the state at a disadvantage compared to other states as we seek to fund public services that are essential to ensuring our economic solvency and infrastructure needs. The proposition contains a declaration of full sovereignty over lands and resources within Arizona as a new section to the Arizona Constitution, on the basis of maintaining “Equal Footing” with other states.   Proposition 120 will allow the state to improve the management of Arizona’s natural resources: Since 2001, over two million acres of Arizona’s forests have burned due to irresponsible federal management. (Recently, federal land management has threatened the future water supply and very existence of the historic town of Tombstone.) The proposition gives Arizona exclusive sovereignty over all state territories and resources, except for Indian reservations and lands ceded to the United States, such as military forts and installations.   As Arizona’s population continues to grow, it is imperative that the state be allowed to manage its own land and benefit from the wealth of its resources. The continued vitality of our state will depend heavily on our ability to exercise our authority over the natural wealth currently being denied us.

Chester Crandell, State Representative, Arizona House of Representatives, Heber  

Ranching Families Support Prop 120

The federal government has already failed Arizona…if the catastrophic forest fires have not been enough….Just watch what they have planned for the water in Arizona. The federal government claims jurisdiction over everything it desires in Arizona – the animals, the water, and the lands. Proposition 120 provides all of Arizona’s citizens the opportunity to assert their opinion of whether or not we in Arizona or the federal government bureaucrats in Washington care more about our animals, water and lands. The fact is – we in Arizona care more.   Please vote YES on Proposition 120!

Norman J. Hinz, President, Arizona Cattle Feeders’ Association, Phoenix

Patrick Bray, Executive Vice President, Arizona Cattlemen’s Association, Phoenix  

Vote Yes on Prop 119

ANALYSIS BY LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL  

In 1910, the United States Congress passed the Arizona-New Mexico Enabling Act, allowing Arizona to become a state. The Enabling Act granted Arizona approximately 10.9 million acres of land, referred to as “state trust land”. The state land trust is intended to produce revenue for various public institutions (schools, colleges, prisons, etc.). The state can lease or sell trust land, and the natural products (timber, minerals, etc.) of the land, only to the “highest and best bidder” at public auction.   In 1936, Congress amended the Enabling Act to give Arizona more flexibility in managing and disposing of trust land by allowing the state to exchange trust land for other public or private lands. Arizona did not amend its state Constitution to incorporate that authority for land exchanges. The Arizona Supreme Court has determined that without amending the Arizona Constitution, the state cannot conduct land exchanges.   Proposition 119 would amend the Arizona Constitution to allow the state to exchange state trust land for other public land in this state if the following requirements are met:   1. The exchange must be in the best interest of the state land trust.   2. The purpose of the exchange must be to either assist in preserving and protecting military facilities in this state from encroaching development or to improve the management of state lands for the purpose of sale or lease, or conversion of state land to public use.   3. There must be two independent appraisals that show that the true value of the land the state receives in the exchange is equal to or greater than the true value of the trust land the state conveys. There also must be two independent analyses that detail the income to the state land trust before and the projected income to the trust after the exchange, the financial impact of the exchange on each county, city, town and school district in which the lands are located, the physical, economic and natural resource impacts of the exchange on the local community and the impacts on local land uses and land use plans.   4. A detailed public notice of a proposed exchange must be given, public hearings must be held and an opportunity for public comment must be given.   5. A proposed exchange is not effective unless it is approved by the voters at a statewide November general election.

ARGUMENTS “FOR” PROPOSITION 119  

Support State Trust Land Accountability and Transparency   Vote “Yes” on Proposition 119

Proposition 119 provides for accountable and transparent state trust land exchanges by requiring that each exchange be approved by the Arizona voters.   This proposed constitutional amendment, if passed by the voters, authorizes land exchanges between the State Land Department and the Federal Government. The land exchanges can be for two purposes: improving the management of the state lands for the purpose of sale or lease or conversion to public use or for the protecting military facilities   Any exchange will have to be referred to the ballot by the legislature and approved by the voters in order to be consummated. All exchanges must have two appraisals, an analysis, and be vetted at two public meetings. Full and up-front disclosure of the parcels involved is also required, so there will be no surprises regarding which lands are involved.   The voters have been skeptical of past land exchange measures that gave broad open-ended exchange authority to the State Land Department. This measure reigns in that authority and says there must be public involvement and review as well as public support via a vote prior to any exchange. This will help address checkerboard land ownership that hinders protection of wildlife habitat and will help protect state trust lands that are adjacent to some military facilities.   We encourage you to vote “yes” on this important measure.

John Nelson, State Senator, Arizona State Senate, Legislative District 12, Litchfield Park  

Sandy Bahr, Director, Sierra Club-Grand Canyon Chapter, Phoenix

SCR 1001 (Prop 119) – THCC POSITION: SUPPORT

Statement: The Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce supports Prop 119 and believes it is the best interest of the community to allow the state to exchange land to protect the corridors surrounding our military installations. The military provides a huge economic impact on Tucson, Phoenix and Sierra Vista and we encourage the further development of each military base. The exchange of land allows the military to be sensitive to neighborhood concerns regarding noise and traffic and provides a win-win for the citizens of our state.

Lea Marquez Peterson, President & CEO, Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Tucson  

Tannya Gaxiola, Chairwoman, Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Tucson

YES ON PROPOSITION 119  

Proposition 119 is Arizona’s opportunity to communicate to the United States Department of Defense that we are serious about protecting and preserving our military bases and facilities. Please vote YES on Proposition 119.   Preserving our system of military bases in Arizona not only guarantees that many of America’s greatest heroes reside in our own communities and become part of the fabric of our future, but also that the military industry continues to be viable here – and that means keeping thousands of jobs and an economic contribution in excess of $9 billion per year.   Proposition 119 allows the Arizona State Land Department to help in preserving military bases and facilities by providing land for those uses, while, at the same time, earning money for public schools and other institutions, which own those lands in Trust.   I participated in drafting Proposition 119, and am pleased to say it honors private property rights, including our precious water rights, through independent appraisals and public hearings. Another significant benefit of Proposition 119 is that it requires all parties involved to engage in thorough and transparent public processes and hearings before any land exchange is undertaken. It is also important to note that EACH proposed land exchange would go to a statewide VOTE. These kinds of exchanges could lead to more thoughtful land use decisions in many Arizona communities.   Please vote “yes” on Proposition 119. It will lead to great things for Arizona.

Maria Baier, Arizona State Land Commissioner, Phoenix

Why you should vote YES:   1. It will HELP OUR MILITARY BASES in Arizona. This year I sponsored legislation that reinforced the legislature’s support of Luke Air Force Base and its efforts to obtain the F-35 fighter mission. It had unanimous legislative support and was recorded as part of the official public record submitted to the military. At many of the meetings I heard the same message….we need to protect the base from encroachment so that the military can do its job. This initiative will provide the necessary tools needed to protect our military bases and facilities throughout the state.   2. The military not only safeguards our state and Country, but it provides a HUGE ECONOMIC BENEFIT to our state. The military facilities in our state provide a positive economic impact of $9.1 Billion and more than 96,000 jobs.   3. Vote YES. You can help Arizona and you can help America. All it takes is your vote.

Debbie Lesko, State Representative, House Majority Whip, Arizona House of Representatives, Glendale

The Coalition for Sonoran Desert Protection urges you to VOTE YES on Proposition 119.   This proposition seeks to provide a means to conserve Arizona State Trust lands and create open space buffers around military bases. It includes an amendment to the state constitution to allow land exchanges of State Trust land in order to protect military facilities and properly manage, protect, and use State Trust lands.   Proposition 119 provides an avenue for accountability and transparency to the exchange process, a critical condition to ensure that the citizens of Arizona have a voice in the process. These measures include two independent analyses of lands for exchange, public hearings regarding the exchange, and a statewide vote during general election concerning any proposed exchanges.   When Arizona became a state 100 years ago, the federal government gave Arizona over 10 million acres of land for the benefit of public schools and 13 other state institutions. According to the current Arizona constitution, State Trust land must be leased or sold to the highest bidder, leaving few other opportunities for State Trust lands. Most State Trust land is currently under lease (commercial, grazing, agriculture, or mineral), although to date over one million acres have been sold and developed.   Proposition 119 is good first step to modernize the methods for planning and disposition of State Trust lands. For years, conservationists across the state have been searching for meaningful State Trust Land reform, with the goal of protecting a small sub-set of lands that contain important wildlife habitat, creeks and streams, open space, and recreational and scenic values. This proposition makes a welcomed change to the current method of State Trust land disposal and allows for a continuing discussion regarding how Arizona can best address its land ownership.   We encourage you to VOTE YES on Proposition 119.

Carolyn Campbell, Executive Director, Coalition for Sonoran Desert Protection, Tucson

Trevor Hare, Conservation Science Chair, Coalition for Sonoran Desert Protection, Tucson

Protect State Trust Lands!

Vote YES on Proposition 119

There are over 9 million acres of state trust land in Arizona and many of them are among the most scenic and environmentally important places in the state. Many of those acres are in a “checkerboard” pattern of alternating ownership, creating very difficult land management issues. Proposition 119 amends the Arizona Constitution to allow the exchange of state trust lands for other public lands with the intention of either protecting military facilities in Arizona by buffering them from development or converting the exchanged lands to public use. This last purpose would help achieve conservation goals such as removing state lands from within national monuments .   With Proposition 119, voters finally have an opportunity to implement a process whereby state trust lands can be exchanged for federal lands in a manner that ensures accountability and transparency . The exchange process will have an open and public process that: identifies all lands that will be exchanged; requires two land appraisals; includes an analysis of the impacts; and requires two public meetings.   Each land exchange must also go to the voters, so the voters have the final say to ensure that an exchange is truly in the public’s interests . This will also help limit the number of exchange proposals.   The Grand Canyon Trust supports this proposal because it is good for conservation and in the best interest of the schools and other beneficiaries of the state land trust.   The Grand Canyon Trust urges you to vote YES on Proposition 119!

Nikolai Lash, Program Director, Grand Canyon Trust, Flagstaff  

Rick Moore, Senior Director of Programs, Grand Canyon Trust, Flagstaff   Support Open and Accountable State Trust Land Exchanges

Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry supports Proposition 119   Few industries have as strong of a positive impact on Arizona’s economy as defense and aerospace. A 2010 Arizona Chamber Foundation policy brief found that private sector defense and aerospace manufacturers account for 37,000 direct jobs that pay average annual salaries of $85,000 (see www.azchamber.com/policy/foundation). These industries depend on the continued operations of military installations throughout the state. Arizona’s five major Army, Air Force and Marine installations and four principal National Guard operations are responsible for over 96,000 direct and indirect jobs. These facilities contribute $9.1 billion in economic output and $401 million in state and local tax revenue according to a 2008 report by the Arizona Department of Commerce.   Simply put, our state has lost almost 250,000 jobs since the beginning of the Great Recession. Although improving, the economy is still fragile. Proposition 119 will help prevent incompatible land use that could put at risk the jobs associated with military bases. For these installations to remain vibrant, they must allow for the full spectrum of military testing and training operations on the ground and in the air. Proposition 119 will ensure they are able to complete their critical missions and remain an integral part of Arizona’s economy for decades to come.   We urge voters to support Proposition 119.

Glenn Hamer, President & CEO, Arizona Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Phoenix

Doug Yonko, Chairman, Arizona Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Phoenix  

Tucson Metro Chamber SUPPORTS Proposition 119

The Tucson Metro Chamber is a membership-based business advocacy organization that represents more than 1350 businesses in Tucson and Pima County. Small business makes up approximately 85 percent of Chamber membership, reflecting the overall business community.   The Chamber works to develop a climate in which businesses can create jobs in a robust economy. The Chamber supports ballot measures such as Prop 119 that will promote economic development and environmental protection. As Arizona grows, it is imperative that our State has the authority to exchange state trust lands to preserve open space, avoid encroachment on military installations and continue to benefit public education.   The diverse military facilities in Arizona operate within a physical environment uniquely suited to their mission objectives. Combined, they represent a critical component of our nation’s defense. Likewise, Arizona’s military and defense industry generates tens of thousands of jobs, more than $9 billion dollars in economic activity; and hundreds of millions of dollars in state and local tax revenue. The stability of this employment and tax base is indispensable to the fiscal health of the State of Arizona.   Prop 119 provides for a fair and open process to evaluate which state trust lands are going to be put before the voters for exchange and prescribes a narrow provision of state trust lands subject to this authority. The proposition ensures that the result of any recommended exchange shall continue to benefit public education without any diminution of value.   This measure has broad support from environmental organizations, economic development groups and other business advocacy groups.   Please join us in voting YES on Proposition 119.

Bruce L. Dusenberry, Chair of the Board, Tucson Metro Chamber, Tucson

Michael Varney, Chief Executive Officer, Tucson Metro Chamber, Tucson  

Paid for by Tucson Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce

Proposition 119 creates a constitutional framework to provide future generations of Arizonans to protect the value of state trust lands and to protect Arizona’s valuable military bases from encroaching development.   Voting “Yes” will amend the Arizona Constitution to create a narrow process for state trust land exchanges only if the result of doing so would 1) provide a buffer for military installations from encroaching development; and/or 2) convert the land to public use or if the swap would improve land management, to help sell or lease trust lands.   Proposition 119 protects local communities and state land by ensuring that these land exchanges take place in an open, public and participative environment and one that requires the vote of the people.

Nicole W. Stickler, Phoenix

Statement in Support – Proposition 119   This statement in strong support of Proposition 119 is submitted on behalf of Arizona’s cities and towns, proud partners of the U.S. military and advocates of its presence in our strategically critical state.   Arizona’s cities and towns recognize the vital contributions that our major military installations make to the state and local economies. Collectively, these installations create and support over 100,000 jobs in Arizona and are responsible for nearly $10 billion in total economic output every year. Additionally, Arizona’s military industry generates some $400 million in tax revenues annually.   Even more critical than their economic impact is the role these installations play in maintaining our national security. Our unique facilities provide for unparalleled training, testing and readiness opportunities. Ensuring the mission viability of the state’s military installations remains a top priority for Arizona’s Mayors and City/Town Council members.   The long-term mission viability of a base is one of the most critical factors that the Department of Defense considers when deciding whether to preserve, expand or close a military installation. Proposition 119 helps protect the strength of military bases in Arizona by authorizing the State Land Department to participate in land exchanges to prevent encroachment on a base’s operations without harming private property rights. Proposition 119 also establishes a process to ensure transparency for all land exchanges, including requirements for legislative and voter approval, to guarantee protection of state trust land and private property rights.   The League of Arizona Cities and Towns encourages all voters to support Proposition 119.

Doug Von Gausig, President, League of Arizona Cities and Towns, Clarkdale

Mark Mitchell, Vice President, League of Arizona Cities and Towns, Tempe  

Vote YES on Proposition 119

The network of military facilities in Arizona comprises an integrated array of bases, testing and training facilities, ranges, and airspace that operate within a physical environment uniquely suited to their individual and combined mission objectives and critical to our Nation’s defense posture. The network is also an essential part of our State’s economy.   The importance of military facilities and operations located in Arizona to the U.S. military cannot be understated: Arizona is distinctively positioned to satisfy the majority of the needs of the Department of Defense for many years to come with our unique network of capabilities, training resources, research, development, test, and evaluation activities.   Arizona’s military industry generates thousands of jobs, more than $9 billion dollars in economic activity, and hundreds of millions of dollars in State and local tax revenue. The stability of employment and tax revenues produced by the Arizona military industry are indispensable to the fiscal health of the State.   Arizona leads the nation in established standards to balance private property rights and compatible land use to protect and enhance the missions and long-term viability of military facilities and operating areas. Proposition 119 further demonstrates Arizona’s commitment to that balance through a transparent exchange process that protects State Trust Land beneficiaries as well as military missions and installations.   Proposition 119 strengthens the partnership among agencies, organizations, and stakeholders at the local, State, and federal levels, with the common goal of preserving the unique and irreplaceable assets of Arizona’s network of military facilities, and ensuring their long-term sustainability as keystones in the nation’s defense and a cornerstone of the State’s economy.   Please join us in voting YES on Proposition 119.

Lisa A. Atkins, Co-Chair, Military Affairs Commission, Litchfield Park

Thomas M. Finnegan, Co-Chair, Military Affairs Commission, Sierra Vista

Support the Airmen, Soldiers and Marines Who Protect Our Freedom   We are collectively urging you to support Proposition 119 on the November ballot. This proposition includes provisions to facilitate State trust land exchanges for the purpose of preservation of the military missions of the State of Arizona. Our constituency, consisting of the citizens and businesses of Arizona, is supportive of these measures to preserve the primary economic engine in our State.   The importance of military facilities and operations located in Arizona to the U.S. military cannot be understated: Arizona is distinctively positioned to satisfy the majority of the needs of the Department of Defense for many years to come with our unique network of capabilities, training resources, research, development, test, and evaluation activities.   As the Presidents and Directors of the State’s military installation support groups, we stand ready to address any questions you may have with regard to the benefit of this change to the State or to the specific benefit to individual installations.   Please join us in voting YES on Proposition 119.

Ron Sites, President, Fighter Country Partnership, Goodyear

Mike Grassinger, President, DM-50, Tucson

Kevin Peterson, President, Huachuca 50, Sierra Vista

Cochise County, the City of Sierra Vista and the Town of Huachuca City Urge You to Vote “YES” on Proposition 119   We are the home of Fort Huachuca’s family of more than 25,000 Soldiers, civilians, contractors and their families. We, and the entire state, benefit directly from the more than $2B in economic activity generated by the Fort. Over the years, we have used all of the tools available to us to help protect the base from encroachment. Proposition 119 will provide us with yet another tool to protect Fort Huachuca’s vital missions.   The long-term mission viability of a military installation is one of the most critical factors that the Department of Defense considers when deciding whether a base is preserved, receives new missions or closes. Proposition 119 helps protect the viability of military bases in Arizona by authorizing the State Land Department to participate in land exchanges to prevent encroachment on military operations without harming private property rights. Proposition 119 also sets up a process to ensure transparency for all land exchanges, including requirements for legislative and voter approval, to guarantee protection of state trust land and private property rights.   We urge you to vote “yes” on Proposition 119.

Rick Mueller, Mayor, City of Sierra Vista, Sierra Vista

Pat Call, District 1 Supervisor, Cochise County, Bisbee

Byron Robertson, Mayor, Town of Huachuca City, Huachuca City

Vote Yes on Proposition 119   It will provide an important tool to support our national security, preserve our military bases as important economic engines, and achieve important land and water conservation objectives by securing healthy buffers around our military bases and ranges. This is a winning situation for all Arizonans.   Critical military testing and training facilities have been in operation in Southern Arizona and Tucson for decades. They have helped make our soldiers, sailors .airmen and Marines the best trained, best equipped, best led and most respected military force in the World. Protecting our ability to conduct military training and testing in Southern Arizona is in our national interest and vital to our national security.   Military assets in Arizona provide an economic impact of over $9 Billion annually and over 96,000 jobs within our State. Preserving the military installations and ranges in Arizona is an essential part of our State economy.   Environmental preservation is fostered through appropriate use of land as a buffer around our military bases and ranges. Additionally, this proposal includes the kind of transparency and accountability that is necessary to ensure that land exchanges are in the best interest of the State trust and the larger public.   Prop 119 provides a fair and open process to evaluate what state trust lands can be exchanged. It requires public involvement and review as well as public support via a vote prior to any exchange.   We are individually and collectively urging you to support Proposition 119 on the November ballot.

Eugene D. Santarelli, Lieutenant General (Retired), USAF, President, S’relli Consulting, LLC, Tucson

Robert Johnston, Lieutenant General (Retired) USMC, Tucson

Ronald E. Shoopman, President, Southern Arizona Leadership Council, Tucson

Vote Yes on Prop 119

Arizona is uniquely situated because of the network of military installations and ranges that provide necessary training assets for every branch of our military. Arizona has also recognized the stable economic value of the network of military installations in our State of more than $9 billion annually. Arizona’s communities and policy leaders have invested a significant amount of time and effort in adopting policies that protect and enhance military missions so vital to our national defense.   Continued viability of the installations is largely dependent on the ability of the installations to continue without encroachment. Equally important are the test and training ranges, and the access to those ranges.   It is in Arizona’s best interests to keep the missions and installations in Arizona. The best way to protect the network of Arizona military installations and test and training ranges is by passing Proposition 119 to enable the State to use state and federal assets to protect the state and federal assets of the military installations.

R. Thomas Browning, Brigadier General, USAF (Ret’d), Scottsdale  

Vote Yes on Prop 118

ANALYSIS BY LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL  

In 1910, the United States Congress passed the Arizona-New Mexico Enabling Act, allowing Arizona to become a state and granting Arizona approximately 10.9 million acres of land, referred to as “state trust land”. The state land trust produces revenue for various public institutions in this state (schools, colleges, prisons, etc.). Proposition 118 would amend the Arizona Constitution to provide that for fiscal years 2012-2013 through 2020-2021, the annual distribution from the state trust land permanent funds to the various public institutions would be 2.5% of the average market values of the fund for the immediately preceding five calendar years. After fiscal year 2020-2021, the distribution formula would return to the current formula set out in the Arizona Constitution: average total rate of return for the previous five fiscal years, less percentage change in inflation, multiplied by the average market value over the previous five years.

ARGUMENTS “FOR” PROPOSITION 118  

Prop 118 allows us to simplify the formula for education funding, ensuring that money will be distributed to support K-12 education each year from Arizona’s Permanent Land Endowment Trust Fund. Best of all, it accomplishes this with NO new taxes and NO additional general fund spending.   Right now there are about 8.1 million acres in the state’s trust fund for K-12 education. Every time the state sells a piece of state land, those proceeds are deposited into the State Treasurer’s Office to be managed into perpetuity. Today the market value of the Permanent Land Endowment Trust Fund is more than $3.4 billion. If that were a college endowment, it would be the twenty-first largest endowment in the country.   Upon review of an asset allocation study for the fund, it became clear that the formula used to distribute earnings was critically flawed. Its complications have resulted in uneven and unpredictable outcomes – including a year when ZERO dollars were distributed for K-12 education. If left unchanged, this current formula would likely result in several additional years – – over the next decade – – of zero dollar distributions. This is unacceptable, and must be fixed. An endowment this large should never have years of zero dollars available to benefit Arizona’s children and teachers.   Prop 118 fixes the formula and ensures consistent, reliable distributions that will protect the principal and never result in a zero dollar distribution. Prop 118 achieves this with no new taxes and no additional obligations for new spending.   As members of Arizona’s Board of Investment we support this improved formula and encourage you to vote “YES” on Prop 118.

Doug Ducey, Chairman, Arizona Board of Investment, Arizona State Treasurer, Phoenix  

Beth Ford, Member, Arizona Board of Investment, Pima County Treasurer, Tucson  

Scott A. Smith, Member, Arizona Board of Investment, Director, Arizona Department of Administration, Phoenix  

Lauren W. Kingry, Member, Arizona Board of Investment, Arizona Superintendent of Financial Institutions, Phoenix  

Harry A. Papp, Member, Arizona Board of Investment, Managing Partner, L. Roy Papp & Associates, LLP, Phoenix  

I strongly support Prop 118.   There is a special relationship between Arizona’s education community, the State Treasurer’s Office, and the State Land Department. Public education is by far the largest beneficiary of State Trust Land managed by the State Land Department. Revenues derived from the sale of State Trust Land, as well as the sale of natural products (such as sand, gravel, water and fuel wood), and royalties from mineral materials are deposited in the Permanent Land Endowment Trust Fund managed by the State Treasurer’s Office. Today, the State Land Department manages 8.1 million acres of land on behalf of K-12 education, and the Permanent Land Endowment Trust fund is worth more than $3.5 billion.   Earning money for Arizona’s public schools is the primary mission of the Trust’s management. In 2010 the State Land Department deposited $91.7 million in the Endowment. Because of the inadequacy of the current formula used to distribute earnings from the Endowment, K-12 education received no money in 2010. Prop 118 fixes that inadequate formula. Had the new formula been in place in 2010, public education would have received $48 million from the Permanent Land Endowment Trust Fund.   Vote “Yes” on Prop 118.

Maria Baier, Arizona State Land Commissioner, Phoenix  

Prop 118 Provides Reliable Education Funding in Arizona

The Friends of the Arizona School Boards Association urges your support of Prop. 118. It’s a win-win proposal – providing Arizona’s classrooms with more reliable funding and doing so through a formula change that still protects the underlying value of the account which has been derived from state trust land sales – the State Land Trust Permanent Endowment fund.   There are over nine million acres of state trust land, with Arizona’s public schools being the largest beneficiary, holding 87% of these lands. The interest earned off the sale of trust lands is deposited in the State Land Trust Permanent Endowment fund. Arizona’s classrooms are direct recipients of the interest earned from this Endowment fund.   Over a decade ago, an interest distribution formula was put in place to help curb volatility and to protect our public schools asset from inflation. Unfortunately, the formula has not smoothed out distribution volatility, making it difficult for our public schools to budget. Prop. 118 fixes this by establishing a new flat distribution percentage to allow for consistent distributions while still protecting the fund from inflationary effects.   Please vote YES ON 118 to enhance education funding to Arizona’s public schools.

Dee Navarro, President, Friends of the Arizona School Boards Association, Phoenix  

Dr. Tim Ogle, Executive Director, Friends of the Arizona School Boards Association, Phoenix  

Dear Voter,   I encourage your “YES” vote on Proposition 118. This measure is a positive change for the distribution formula of state trust funds for education.   There is currently $3.2 billion set aside in the Trust Fund to benefit education. In some years, the distribution has been as high as $80 million, and in other years there has been no funding at all. This type of swing in distribution based on the size of the fund and the current formula makes it more difficult for our schools to plan and spend accordingly. As taxpayers, we demand that schools budget efficiently and use their resources wisely to educate our children. This proposal will make that easier by ensuring that the annual Trust Fund allocation to Arizona schools is smooth, even and predictable.   A “Yes” vote on Proposition 118 is a win for our children and teachers. A “Yes” vote on Proposition 118 is a win for taxpayers and advocates of good government.

Jan Brewer, Governor, Phoenix  

Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry supports Proposition 118   The Arizona Chamber has a longstanding position of developing a school financing system and educational structure that improves learning outcomes in a financially responsible manner. Proposition 118 is a simple yet important change that will significantly impact K-12 funding in a way that is financially responsible and consistent with the Chamber’s education goals. This measure will result in more reliable and consistent K-12 education funding with no new taxes and no new spending from the General Fund.   Proposition 118 will restructure the distribution formula for the Permanent Land Endowment Fund, whose largest beneficiary is K-12 education. Because of the complexity of the current funding formula, the distribution of dollars is uneven and unpredictable. In fact, there are some years when there are zero dollars distributed to K-12 from this fund. The Chamber supports Proposition 118 because of its fiscally responsible and stable approach to helping fund K-12 education.   We urge voters to support Proposition 118.

Glenn Hamer, President & CEO, Arizona Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Phoenix  

Doug Yonko, Chairman, Arizona Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Phoenix  

Vote YES on Prop 118 to help support Arizona public education, teachers and children.   Prop 118 fixes and improves the Arizona State Endowment distribution formula providing a safer and more reliable source of funding for education and other beneficiaries. Prop 118 protects the principle of the Trust from inflation, stabilizes distributions to beneficiaries including public education. Prop 118 will protect the trust and its beneficiaries from wild market fluctuations and guarantees there will not be another year resulting in zero dollars going to education over the next decade.   The current formula was approved over a decade ago when the Endowment was given the ability to invest in stocks. Although written with the best of intentions the old formula was never tested for the economic volatility of the past several years. Simply stated, the formula did not work properly and education funding suffered.   After the urging of current and former State Treasurers, The Arizona State Board of Investment commissioned an independent Asset Allocation Study (available online at www.aztreasury.gov ) to suggest positive change to Arizona’s Constitution. The result is Prop 118.   Arizona can be proud that our State Land Endowment has been protected while many other western states have squandered theirs. Prop 118 continues in this tradition by further protecting the Trust and providing needed stability for education funding. The Arizona State Endowment is a permanent endowment and deserves a solution that will provide permanent, long term stability for Arizona’s future.   As current and former members of the Arizona Board of Investment, we support Prop 118 and encourage all Arizona citizens to do the same. This change of the formula is good financial management. Vote YES on Prop 118.

Hon. Dean Martin, Former Arizona State Treasurer, Chairman, Arizona Board of Investment, Phoenix  

Hon. Carol Springer, Former Arizona State Treasurer, Chairman, Arizona Board of Investment, Prescott  

Hon. Tony West, Former Arizona State Treasurer, Chairman, Arizona Board of Investment, Phoenix  

As Arizona’s Superintendent of Public Instruction, I support Prop. 118 because it will bring predictability to the distribution of revenue from Arizona’s state land trust fund. The land trust fund provides vital revenue for Arizona’s public schools, and the current complex formula means that we have no way of predicting how much money will be available in future years. A predictable distribution from the trust fund will enable the state to budget its general fund dollars more responsibly, because it is less likely that we will over- or underestimate the distribution from the trust, and appropriate too many or too few state dollars.   Under the current system, we feast when times are good, and starve when times are bad. The method proposed by Prop. 118 will allow the trust to grow substantially when times are good, leaving plenty of savings to help fund our school system through difficult economic times in the future.   Please join me in voting “yes” for proposition 118, to put state land trust revenues to work for our most valuable resource, Arizona’s children.   Sincerely,

John Huppenthal, Superintendent of Public Instruction, Phoenix  

Arizona’s education community supports Prop 118. It is a good fix that helps better fund public schools. It is not the silver bullet that will solve all the problems in our state as it relates to education, but more reliable funding from the State Land Trust Fund is a step in the right direction.   In 2000, Arizona voters created the Classroom Site Fund. This fund was established to direct money to teachers’ salaries, classroom size reduction and dropout prevention programs. The Classroom Site Fund is supported by the revenue generated from the State Land Trust Fund and the State Land Department. The first $72.3 million is used in the general funding formula. Any money in excess of $72.3 million each year is deposited into the Classroom Site Fund. In 2010 and 2011, no money was deposited into the Classroom Site Fund. Had the new distribution formula being proposed in Prop 118 been in place, the fund would have received $38 million over the course of those two years.   AEA has worked closely with the State Treasurer’s Office and the State Land Department to make sure this proposition is in the best interest of Arizona’s teachers and students. Prop 118 guarantees money will be available each and every year. If it passes in November, Arizona public schools will receive more than $62 million. If Prop 118 is defeated and the current distribution formula stays in place, education will receive approximately $50 million. With the cuts that public education has endured, those additional funds can go a long way.   Arizona schools need this simplified formula. Vote “YES” on Prop 118 .

Joseph H. Thomas, Vice President, Arizona Education Association, Phoenix  

Nidia C. Lias, Treasurer, Arizona Education Association, Phoenix  

Dear Arizona Taxpayer,   Prop 118 is a fair and practical way to smooth out earnings distributions from Arizona’s $3.4 billion Land Endowment.   By avoiding the usual boom-and-bust distribution cycle, Prop 118 will help the beneficiaries of the State Land Trust Fund (mainly public education) to achieve a more predictable income stream year after year. At the same time, smoother budgeting over the business cycle will help beneficiaries during boom years to avoid developing unreasonable expectations about future spending growth. This is a common sense solution to a problematic funding formula.   Prop 118 is a rare event in Arizona politics: it’s a win-win for all of the stakeholders, whether those stakeholders are government employees providing education services, or taxpayers working hard to support their families and build our economy.   PLEASE VOTE YES ON PROP 118.   For more ideas about state and local tax and budget policy, and to help us enhance freedom and protect free enterprise, contact the Arizona chapter of Americans for Prosperity, at www.aztaxpayers.org, (602) 478-0146, or tjenney@afphq.org.

Tom Jenney, Phoenix  

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