By Sal DiCiccio
Phoenix City Council Member
Councilman Danny Valenzuela calls this a "good deal." I call it INSANE.
This is the same logic some of the same politicians used when they used your money to build the Sheraton losing $145 million of your hard-working taxpayers dollars.
Money that could've gone for more police on our streets.
Please read this article from Laurie Roberts:
ANOTHER TAX GIVEAWAY IN PHOENIX
Arizona Republic 4-20-17
Last month, Phoenix was sued for allowing a developer to skip paying $8 million in property taxes in return for building a 19-story apartment complex near Roosevelt Row in downtown Phoenix.
The city’s continuing tax giveaways – which leave you and I holding the bag for select developers’ share of funding public schools – have prompted a crackdown at the Arizona Legislature. Our leaders, in one of their rare good moves,recently voted to limit these giveaways beginning later this summer to eight years, down from the current 25.
And the city’s response to the legislation and the lawsuit by the Goldwater Institute?
On Wednesday, the Phoenix City Council voted 7-2 to allow yet another developer to skip paying $9 million in property taxes in return for building three apartment towers near Roosevelt Row. (Councilmen Sal DiCiccio and Jim Waring were the no votes.)
Phoenix wants what the market can't support
A city spokesman says the properties eventually will pay three times the property taxes they’d pay if only a four- or five-story apartment complex was built where these 29-, 25- and 19-story buildings will go in. ($6.9 million over 20 years as opposed to $2.4 million.)
That’s if the schools can wait 20 years, that is.
Five percent of the units will be "affordable" housing.
City leaders say the giveaway – technically called a government property lease excise tax -- allows developers to build the types of projects city leaders envision – the sort the free market doesn't support. (Sort of a like a certain downtown Phoenix hotel.)
“This is going to change the Phoenix skyline now instead of 20 years from now,” Councilman Daniel Valenzuela saidWednesday, in approving the deal.
This is, of course, the same old story we’ve been hearing for decades from Phoenix City Hall as city leaders hand out GPLETs like gumdrops.
Lots of developers got this pass
A fair chunk of downtown Phoenix has been given a pass on paying property taxes -- or anything even close to their fair share of the tab.
The Phelps Dodge building got a GPLET. So did CityScape. Renaissance Square has one (both Tower One and Tower Two). So does the Collier Center. And the Westin and Freeport McMoran and at least five apartment complexes along Roosevelt Row.Read more
|By Team Ducey
Here are a few highlights:
- "We want flexibility to adapt healthcare regulations that reflect what our states' citizens need."
- "We want to ensure that the rug isn't pulled out from under people who need help and access to healthcare." That includes people with pre-existing conditions, who need insurance coverage just like everyone else.
- "And we want to get it right the first time without inflicting all the trauma that came along with Obamacare. Congressional leadership and [Health and Human Services] Secretary [Tom] Price are listening, and that alone is a vast improvement. We have a good framework to continue the conversation and move forward."
- Ducey says that a fix "won't happen overnight," but he is unwavering on a few points, namely that, "the taxes, mandates and federal control that comprise Obamacare should be repealed as quickly as possible, and the necessary elements of a healthcare plan that puts patients first and ensures the broadest possible access to quality healthcare should replace them."
Next Wednesday, City Council will be voting on a request to make Phoenix a Sanctuary City. I have and will continue to oppose this.
You hear many politicians make big promises about Phoenix becoming a Sanctuary City, but they are afraid to go on record and vote. That is why I believe this vote should happen.
Instead, I predict City staff will find a way to kill the vote before it takes place, so that those same politicians won’t have to put their money where their mouth is. Well, I’m not afraid of a vote. I will always vote NO to Phoenix becoming a Sanctuary City.
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Phoenix City Council
By Sal DiCiccio
Phoenix City Council District 6
Phoenix City Council will vote on a request for Sanctuary City status on February 15th at a formal council meeting.
I am firmly opposed to the effort to make Phoenix a Sanctuary City. I don't believe any local government should be able to pick and choose the laws they want to enforce. Additionally, I believe such a move would be illegal and would put our officers in the unethical position of having to ignore their oath to uphold state and federal laws.
Below is the press release from the City of Phoenix regarding today's Sanctuary City developments: Read the Full ReleaseRead more
Party Chairman, Treasurer, Secretary to be Elected Jan 28th
PHOENIX - Chairman Robert Graham announced the list of candidates seeking the Arizona Republican Party's top three elected officer positions. Additional nominations for these positions can be made from the floor at the party's January 28th Organizational Meeting, taking place at the Church for the Nations in Phoenix and starting at 9 am.
Candidates for Chairman: Jonathan Lines, Jim O'Connor, Frank Thorwald
Candidates for Secretary: Gabriela Mercer, Cindy Coleman, Marla Festenese
Candidates for Treasurer: Eric Morgan, William Beard, Wes Harris, Robert Lettieri
Elected Republican State Committeemen from each of Arizona's 15 counties will attend the meeting to vote on these positions and other party business. A formal call letter will be mailed to all state committeemen at least ten days before the meeting.
The state committee will also elect three members-at-large to serve on the state party executive committee, three from each of Arizona's nine congressional districts, with all candidates running from the floor.
Party Chairman Robert Graham appointed Barry Wong to serve as Chairman of the Resolutions Committee, Kathy Petsas to serve as Chairman of the Bylaws Committee, and Sergio Arellano to be Chairman of the Nominations Committee.
The current tentative list of 1,235 state committeemen, including nominees not yet formally elected, is here:Read more
PHOENIX – As 2016 comes to a close, the Permanent Land Endowment Trust Fund has beat industry benchmarks by a wider margin than in previous years.
“This is recognition of the hard work and incredible staff at the State Treasurer’s office,” Treasurer DeWit said.
The fund beat many of the large public investment funds in the United States including CalPERS, CalSTERS, Dartmouth, MIT, Stanford and Harvard.
“Our conservative, America first portfolio of 1,500 stocks and 405 bonds show that keeping our own staff and not outsourcing the management of Arizona’s money to Wall Street not only saves the state tens of millions in fees but also has produced better results,” DeWit said.
The $5.3 billion Endowment returned 3.32% in the last fiscal year ending June 30, 2016. This compares to the median one-year return of negative -0.74% for all endowments, according to results published by Wilshire Associates and reported by Bloomberg, LLC. By these metrics, in the first full fiscal year under Treasurer DeWit Arizona’s endowment outperformed Wall Street’s average by over 4%. This outperformance has continued through the end of November, to soon be reported at the upcoming December Arizona Board of Investment meeting.Read more
By: Former State Senator Andy Biggs
I applaud the FBI for doing the right thing and re-opening their investigation into Hillary Clinton's e-mail. Secretary Clinton could be less than two weeks from becoming the next Commander-in-Chief of the greatest country on the planet, and the American people deserve to know everything about her handling of confidential and classified information. We cannot afford to elect leaders who put American secrets and top-level information in jeopardy. The lies and deceit from Hillary Clinton and her allies have damaged the integrity of our Republic. The American people deserve justice in this case.Read more
By: John Shadegg, Former U.S. Representative
Election Day is less than two weeks away and I would be honored if today you can join me in making a donation to Bob's campaign to help him cross the finish line.
It has certainly been a long campaign.
Bob reached out to me early on for help. Even as an incumbent running for re-election, the Republican establishment was keeping its distance. Many in the party were hesitant to join Bob in rocking the boat and bringing attention to the state of transparency at the Corporation Commission.
But I didn’t hesitate.
I’ve known Bob for a very long time and I’ve seen firsthand how committed he’s always been to doing the right thing. No matter what Bob was up against, he would always do what’s right for Arizona.
So when Bob needed my help, I knew that I would have his back.
Bob has an important fundraising deadline tonight, and I would be honored if you’ll join me in making a donation to his campaign.
A contribution of $25, $50, $100, or whatever you can give, would go a long way toward helping Bob win a second term on the Commission and to continue his work improving the functionality - and the image - of the Corporation Commission.
It has been a long campaign, and with a final push I know we’ll be celebrating a victory with Bob and his family on November 8th. Please consider making a contribution to help Bob finish strong over this final stretch.
By: Friends of John McCain
Phoenix, AZ-- Arizona Right to Life endorsed John McCain's reelection to the U.S. Senate, citing his lifelong support for pro-life policies and Arizona families. National Right to Life also endorsed John McCain's reelection earlier this year.
“All Arizonans who are concerned with protecting the sanctity of life and advocating for our most vulnerable should vote to reelect John McCain to the U.S. Senate,” said Greg Hansen, Chairman Arizona Right to Life. “John McCain has been a tremendous partner in advancing vital pro-life policies and we are grateful for his work on behalf of Arizona families.”
"John McCain has been reliably pro-life since his first term in the House," said John Jakubczyk, National Right to Life Committee Board Member. "He has worked side by side with Arizona Right to Life, the National Right to Life Committee and the pro-life movement every step of the way. He was endorsed by both National Right to Life and Arizona Right to Life when he ran for president and has had the support of pro-life leaders and activists throughout Arizona. We need John McCain in the Senate so he can continue to work for the pro-life cause."
“I am honored to receive the endorsement of Arizona Right to Life, an organization that upholds respect and dignity of every individual human being, living and unborn,” said John McCain. “As a lifelong pro-life American, I have fought to defend the rights of all human life and I will continue this fight in the U.S. Senate.”Read more
By: Biggs for Congress
Gilbert -The Arizona Right to Life, one of Arizona's leading pro-life organizations, endorsed Andy Biggs for Arizona's Fifth Congressional District. Andy Biggs released the following statement:
"There is nothing more important than defending life. I have made it a foundation of my time in public service to ensure that all life - from the moment of conception, to the final stages - is protected and considered sacred. To that end, I have an extensive history of praying outside of abortion clinics, donating to countless pro-life organizations and advising pro-life organizations at the United Nations. I also have a strong record of sponsoring and supporting pro-life bills that have been signed into law. I've been honored to work with the Arizona Right to Life for decades, and I could not be more honored to have their endorsement for my campaign."Read more