Danny Ray’s Campaign Piece Provokes Questions on the Gubernatorial Race

Yesterday I was visited by a member of Danny Ray’s campaign team here in northeast Mesa and was provided with this piece of campaign literature.

Danny Ray for Mayor Mesa

Of course, I’ve watched the voters of Mesa authorize the mayor and council to take the city deeper into debt through bond elections – against my advocacy and wishes.

But what really provoked my interest was who has been in leadership over the years approving increases in the budget and amount of debt.

Having been the former Communications & Outreach Director for AFP-Arizona, I jumped over to the local government scorecard put out by the Americans for Prosperity Foundation – Arizona to refresh my memory on how the City of Mesa scored. Here’s a screenshot of their performance from 2008-present:

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As you can see, no one on the current council scored anywhere close to taxpayer-friendly. This confirms what Danny Ray has been campaigning on but it also reveals something about the former mayor and his effort to get a promotion to Arizona Governor.

While I like the fact that Danny Ray seems to be an anti-establishment candidate, I’m now wondering just who took Mesa in the direction its currently going and how that might be injected into the gubernatorial race.

Just sayin’

Arizona Americans for Prosperity Foundation launches new website to help drive down hospital prices

The Arizona Chapter of Americans for Prosperity Foundation released the following message 

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Thanks to AZHealthPrices.com, a new website launched today by the Arizona chapter of Americans for Prosperity Foundation, health care consumers in the Grand Canyon State can now shop around for lower health care prices and help to drive down those prices!

Ever left a hospital, and found yourself stuck with an outrageously expensive bill?

Now, you can do something about it.

Last year, activists from our sister organization, AFP-Arizona, helped to pass a Direct Pay Price health care transparency reform bill in the Arizona Legislature. Now, with the Direct Pay Price law in effect, you can prepare yourself in advance, and keep yourself from getting gouged by hidden prices. This will be especially important now, as ObamaCare goes into effect and raises health plan deductibles and increases out-of-pocket costs for Arizona families. With that increased exposure, you may find yourself having to pay cash directly for hospital services — so you need to start shopping now!

Thanks to Arizona’s Direct Pay Price reform, large medical facilities (over 50 beds) must provide cash prices for the 50 most common medical procedures. Facilities with fewer than 50 beds must provide cash prices for the 35 most common medical procedures.

To see price lists from hospitals that have complied with the law, CLICK HERE.

Or, you can TAKE ACTION NOW to contact non-compliant hospitals to urge them to publish their direct pay prices on the web – as is now REQUIRED BY LAW.

Of course, price is never the only factor when it comes to making health care decisions. But if your doctor tells you that the three hospitals nearest you are equal in quality, why not go to the most cost-effective one?

And please help your neighbors, too! When you get a price list from a local hospital, please CLICK HERE to upload price information directly to the AZHealthPrices.com website. Or, send us the hospital price lists and/or hospital web pages to me at tjenney[at]afphq.org

Check the new website as we continue to update prices. And thank you for doing your part in generating competition to drive down hospital prices!

For Liberty,

Tom Jenney
Arizona Director
Americans for Prosperity Foundation

Leadership Institute in Arizona for Special Training Session – Tomorrow!

Here’s your chance to give the Organizing for America crowd some conservative competition in Arizona. Sign up today!

LIAFPAC

 

Event: Lobbying & Communication Training
City: Scottsdale
Date: Saturday, November 16, 2013
Time: 8:00 – 11:00 AM
Location: Scottsdale Plaza Resort
Address: 7200 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale (map)
Cost: $10.00 (includes breakfast)
RSVP link: http://LeadScottsdale.eventbrite.com

 

After Training, please join us for the 2013 Heroes of the Taxpayer Award Luncheon at the same location!

taxpayer-heroes-luncheonJoining us will be Wall Street Journal Editor, Stephen Moore!

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Details:

Event: 2013 Heroes of the Taxpayer Award
Date: Saturday, November 16, 2013
Time: 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Location: Scottsdale Plaza Resort
Address: 7200 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale
RSVP: http://JackalopeAward.eventbrite.com
More Details, click HERE.

 

Americans for Prosperity Foundation – Arizona Releases 2013 Local Government Scorecard

Americans for Prosperity Foundation - Arizona

AFPF-Arizona’s Local Government Scorecard for the 2013 fiscal year (its 6th annual local scorecard) covers 106 Arizona cities, counties and special-purpose taxing districts, and 670 local officials.  The Scorecard grades local officials on overall budgets, property tax levies and sales tax changes, and includes yearly scores for current officials going back to the 2008 fiscal year, as well as cumulative averages.  AFPF-Arizona’s Local Government Scorecard for the 2013 fiscal year comes out at a time when many local governments in Arizona are finalizing tax and budget plans for the 2014 fiscal year. View the scorecard at this link: http://americansforprosperityfoundation.com/arizona/legislativealerts/1000-2/