House Democrats Oppose Effort to Prohibit Public Money from Going to Political Parties

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – The House of Representatives today failed to pass HB 2403, legislation sponsored by Representative Coleman which would prohibit Clean Elections candidates from contributing public funds to political parties.

Doug Coleman

Rep Doug Coleman

While a majority of House members supported HB 2403, it failed to achieve support from three-fourths of the body, which is required to amend statutes created through the initiative process.  Republicans overwhelmingly supported the measure, but Democrats opposed it.

“Clean Elections candidates are supposed to use public money to run for office, not to line the coffers of their political party,” said Representative Coleman.  “This is an abusive manipulation of the Clean Elections system and violates the trust of Arizona voters, yet Democrats would apparently rather protect the interests of their political party than taxpayers.”

Sal DiCiccio: $16 Million Wasted In Just One Day By City Of Phoenix

Sal DiCiccio

Last week, I wrote about the structural deficit our city is facing. Our deficit problems will continue until we make public safety our priority and cut spending in non-essential areas. On Tuesday, city staff gave a presentation regarding the budget deficit forecast. The forecast, which did not come as a surprise to me, shows our deficit continuing to grow out of control, even while we collect increased revenue.

The day after the budget deficit presentation, I voted NO on the following expenses, all of which the Phoenix City Council ultimately approved:

  • $3,668,564 to Downtown Phoenix Inc – a group that already taxes private businesses against their will to spend money on the Downtown area
  • $16,000 to National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials – annual membership fee
  • $60,000 to Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA) Local 777 to buy promotional and training material for themselves
  • $108,000 to Ballard Spahr LLP- lobbyists (this is on top of the hundreds of thousands of dollars they already spent on lobbyists at the last council meeting)
  • $12,170,000 to change just 4 bus routes
  • $750,000 to join the ASU Global Institute of Sustainability

TOTAL: $16,772,564

Just during a single city council meeting, we could have cut $16 million of unnecessary spending. But instead, we continued to add to the structural deficit problems we face.

As long as we continue to spend in this manner, we will continue to see your taxpayer monies wasted. And city officials will continue to have their hand out, telling you they need to increase your taxes because they are short on revenues. They’re not. They just have a spending problem.

You have my commitment to continue to protect you, your family and your hard earned tax dollars.

My best to you,

Sal DiCiccio
Phoenix City Council
District 6

Let’s Pass the Hat to Finish Rio Nuevo Gardens

The genius think-tank that is the Tucson City Council outdoes themselves again.  After they blew through millions of taxpayer dollars to fund Rio Nuevo and left us with nothing but a big hole in the ground, Mayor Bob and the seven dwarfs (I put Mike Letcher in there) have come up with a great idea to get something, anything, happening downtown.

The city of Tucson will pass the hat, hoping to rake in as much as $1 million in private donations, to help finish Rio Nuevo’s Mission Gardens — the centerpiece of what voters approved 10 years ago.

This Wednesday marked the beginning of Operation Sucker Tucson.  It started with the city council actually agreeing on something but it doesn’t actually start yet.

Wednesday’s unanimous council vote directs contributions to go to a citizens group called Friends of Tucson’s Birthplace. However, the group cannot yet collect donations because it doesn’t have tax-exempt status from the Internal Revenue Service.

No telling how long that will take and a call the the city council revealed that they of course didn’t know how long it was going to take the IRS to put their stamp of approval on it.  Hopefully it will take less than the 10 years it took the city council to agree that it was time to start planning to move forward and begin the process of getting started and moving forward.

Operation Sucker Tucson continues:

The donations would go only to finish the Mission Gardens, not the entire Tucson Origins Heritage Park, which was to include the re-creation of Tucson’s birthplace including the Mission San Agustín and its convention, granary and Carrillo House, for which the city spent $9 million on design and plans.

People get suckered out of their hard earned money every day.  You can watch on television as they tell their sad tale, which will always include the recently-swindled moaning, “But he seemed like such a nice guy!“.  Well of course he was a nice guy.  If he wasn’t a nice guy, you never would have given him the money.

Bernie Madoff seemed like a nice guy too.  And he bled people out of billions.  I find it absurd that anyone would would give money to a man who’s last name is MADE OFF.  That should have been a clue for any potential “investor”.

By now, the residents of Tucson should be well aware of the modus operandi of the Tucson City Council.  Don’t start sobbing if when you hoodwinked this time.

via azstarnet.