Nov. 4, 2014: The Propositions

Early voting begins Oct. 9, 2014.  The General Election is Nov. 4.   Not only will it be critical to vote for all Republicans, but it will also be very important to vote intelligently on several Propositions.

Arizona Republican Representative Warren Petersen (LD12) recommends the following, and Gila Watch and Gilbert Watch agree!  If you don't know Rep. Petersen, see below for his many top conservative rankings, after just two years as a state legislator.  

(Please note that not all of the following Propositions appear in all counties.  Click HERE to study each Proposition in more depth and to read the For and Against Statements.)

Propositions

122:  YES.  Rejection of unconstitutional federal actions

303:  YES.  Right to try investigational prescription drugs

304:  NO.   Legislator salary increase

480:  NO.   $1 Billion plus property tax increase for MIHS facilities

Proposition 122:

A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO THE CONSTITUTION OF ARIZONA; AMENDING ARTICLE II,

SECTION 3, CONSTITUTION OF ARIZONA; RELATING TO THE REJECTION OF UNCONSTITUTIONAL FEDERAL ACTIONS.

Our 10th Amendment rights have eroded dramatically since the early 1900's.  This proposition attempts to bring back more power to the state.

Proposition 303:

A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION ENACTING AND ORDERING THE SUBMISSION TO THE PEOPLE OF A MEASURE RELATING TO THE

USE OF INVESTIGATIONAL DRUGS, BIOLOGICAL PRODUCTS AND DEVICES.

This allows terminally ill patients to use investigational drugs without FDA approval.

See Right to Try for the Terminally Ill.

Proposition 304:

 THE COMMISSION ON SALARIES FOR ELECTIVE STATE OFFICERS RECOMMENDS THE SALARIES OF LEGISLATORS TO BE INCREASED TO $35,000. 

States Rep. Petersen, "I believe that public service requires many elements of sacrifice, I do not support prop 304."

Former Arizona Senator Karen S. Johnson also released a statement opposing Proposition 304, saying,

“I serve on the “Commission on Salaries for Elective State Officers” which recommended this pay increase for legislators, and I oppose their recommendation. At $24,000 per year, Arizona is in the mid-range of salaries of the 50 states. New Mexico pays its legislators nothing. New Hampshire pays $200 for a two-year term. At least 17 states pay their legislators less than $20,000 per year. A high salary doesn’t guarantee excellent government. Illinois, New York, and California, which are among the top five states in legislative salaries, pay their legislators $67,836, $79,500, and $90,526 per year respectively. Those states are poorly run and drowning in debt. As the salary grows, legislatures stay in session longer, write more bills, and pass more laws.

"There are good reasons for modest legislative salaries. First, most legislatures are part-time, so no one should expect a full-time paycheck. Second, offering modest pay helps screen the field of candidates. A small, part-time salary means that those who run for office are more likely to be older, well advanced in a career, or perhaps retired. They have been in the working world for many years, run a business, bought a home, raised a family. They will likely be more mature and more seasoned. They will be wiser and less vulnerable to the flattery and the elitist mentality of the government class. Election to the legislature was never envisioned as “employment” and should not be treated as such. Being a legislator is not a “job”; it’s public service. It’s a responsibility of citizenship. It isn’t about earning a living; it’s about protecting liberty. People serve in the legislature because they love freedom and they love their country. Bigger salaries will only give us bigger government, not better statesmen. Please vote NO on Prop 304."

Proposition 480:  Click HERE to read "ATRA Encourages Maricopa County to vote No on Prop 480."

According to the Arizona Tax Research Association (ATRA), "Maricopa County taxpayers agreed to create a countywide special taxing district in 2003, primarily for providing subsidized health care services for the poor.  Now this relatively new governmental entity wants to dramatically expand its mission despite the historic uncertainty now surrounding the delivery of health care in the United States.  Publicly funded health care is exploding nationwide.  In 2013, Arizona agreed to participate in Medicaid expansion, a critical feature of the Affordable Health Care Act that will be paid for with your federal and state tax dollars. 

ATRA strongly encourages Maricopa County taxpayers to vote NO on Proposition 480, which proposes a $1.4 billion (principle and interest) property tax increase on Maricopa County citizens, one of the largest bond proposals in Arizona history."

States Rep. Petersen, "If you remember, this is the same taxing district that spiked Betsy Bayless's annual base salary to $500,000 so she could retire with a pension well over $400,000 a year.  It's been reported that Bayless's successor is well on his way to $625,000 annual base salary." 

Warren Petersen
State Representative LD12

*Top scoring legislator in Arizona - Arizona Conservative Coalition
*Free Market Champion - Arizona Free Enterprise Club
*Hero of the Taxpayer - Americans for Prosperity
*Ranked number one for Tax, Budget and regulatory issues and as a "top five scoring legislator" overall - The Goldwater Institute
*Named one of the Top Regulatory Reformers -Arizona Rock Products Association
*Legislator of the week - American's for Prosperity
*Recognized for "leadership to stand up for life, families, and religious freedom during the 2013 legislative session" - Center for Arizona Policy
*Named "Friend of the Family" - The Arizona Family Project.
*Cosponsored legislation to end pensions for politicians
*Guardian of Small Business - NFIB