I am concerned about the way the 900 pound gorilla, Maricopa County, imposes its will on the rest of the state. In any issue, either in the Legislature, or in referendums, whatever Maricopa County wants, Maricopa County gets.
Many times the things Maricopa County wants are not appropriate, nor even desirable for rural Arizona.
It seems to me that what Arizona needs is more use of the local option process. It also seems to me that there are more decisions made at the state level in Arizona than in most other states.
It also seems that about the only decision that is left to local option in Arizona is whether or not to smoke in restaurants and bars. I'm sure there are others, but they don't readily come to mind.
On the other hand, there is a long list of things decided at the state level that in my opinion, would be better decided locally. A short list:
- Number of County officials;
• Pay of county officials;
• Separation of counties into two entities;
- Who has Community Colleges and who they are affiliated with;
• Predator hunts;
• State vs. private land;
• Zoning and building codes;
• Water and air quality.
I don't know if anything can be done about all this, but I wish our local representatives would start pressing their peers in the Legislature to free us from Maricopa County domination.