Legislation sponsored this year by one of our opponents, Rep. Brenda Barton (R-Payson), appears on the Nov. 6 ballot as Proposition 120. It appears on the ballot even though Gov. Jan Brewer wisely vetoed the law on May 14 because she said it violated the U.S. Constitution.
The governor also said Arizona could not afford to manage an additional 23 million acres of federal land in a time of limited budgets.
The governor is correct.
In addition, because our opponents want to use Proposition 120 to force the sale of Arizona’s public lands to mining and timber companies, passage of the ballot measure will ultimately cost Rim Country residents access to public lands for recreation like camping, hunting, fishing, biking, four-wheeling, and other activities that define our quality of life.
The sale of this prime public land to private interests will also cause the state to lose billions of tourist dollars and thousands of tourism industry jobs.
Proposition 120 is a distraction from the real issues that are most important to Rim Country voters.
My running mate, Doug Ballard, and I are running together as “The Jobs Team.” Finding ways to create jobs and improve the Arizona economy is our top priority.
We will work to make sure our state properly invests in improving necessary infrastructure, like repairing roads and bridges to make travel safe, expanding Internet bandwidth to rural areas and improving schools.
Making smart investments in public infrastructure will attract large employers to Arizona and create thousands of good-paying jobs with good benefits.
We’re asking for your vote because we want to put an end to the extremism that resulted in $2 billion cut from the Arizona public education system since 2009. These cuts cost 6,000 teachers their jobs, increased class sizes to 40 students or more per classroom and closed dozens of schools across the state.
This year in Payson, for example, the school board was forced to lay off six teachers and the district was forced to struggle through another year with no money for textbooks, classroom supplies or computer software because of these harmful cuts. We will vote to end the Legislature’s shameful neglect of our public schools and to hold schools accountable for positive results.
Public education and jobs creation are two issues joined at the hip. We believe collaboration between public and private interests is one of the best ways to improve the Arizona public education system and create good-paying jobs.
We will reach across party lines to solve problems, not pick fights with the federal government over issues that won’t create a single job or improve public education for our children.
We’re asking for your help. To learn more, visit www. angela4arizona.us or www. ballard4az.com.