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A message from Councilman Sal DiCiccio

August 19, 2014 By: ATP Category: State

Friends, 

The need for pension reform in Arizona is so great that the New York Times is now covering it. When a librarian gets $286,000 at retirement and THEN starts a $102,000 pension for life -fiscal accountability is needed. I was happy to have the opportunity to speak with the Times about this growing problem. If you would like to read the article, it is available here

While the Arizona legislature needs to address pension reform at the state level, Phoenix voters have the opportunity to vote on real pension reform for city employees in November. 

AZGOP Chairman Calls Upon Voters to Make Voices Heard by Voting Now

August 16, 2014 By: ATP Category: State

AZGOP Chairman Calls Upon Voters to Make Voices Heard by Voting Now
 
Now Two Weeks to Election Day, Early Voting Gives Arizonans Historic Opportunity to Elect State Leaders
 

PHOENIX – Today Chairman Robert Graham of the Arizona Republican Party called upon registered voters to ensure their ballots are cast and their voices heard in this month’s election.

 

“We have a historic opportunity to select a governor in a seat that has been held by incumbents since 2002. We have well-qualified Republican candidates with experiences in Congress, business, law enforcement and public service. Please make sure to cast a vote for the Republican candidate you feel has the experience and values you seek,” said Arizona Republican Party Chairman Robert Graham. “This is an opportunity that doesn’t come around very often — make your voice heard and encourage your friends and family to get out to vote.”

 

 

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Thank You!

August 07, 2014 By: ATP Category: State

We thank the following candidates for their participation in our July "Get To Know the Candidates Round Table" –
 
Wendy Rogers -  Candidate for Congressional District 9
Justin Pierce - Arizona Secretary of State 
Doug Little - Corporate Commission. 
 
It was another informative session with the candidates having the opportunity to answer questions from involved citizens.

Thank You

June 29, 2014 By: ATP Category: Opinions

We thank the following candidates for their participation in our June "Get To Know the Candidates Round Table" – Will Cardon, candidate for Secretary of State; Tom Morrissey, candidate for AZ Senate; Jill Norgaard, candidate for AZ House of Representatives; John King, candidate for AZ House of Representatives; Diane Douglas, candidate for Superintendant of Public Instruction.  It was an informative session with the candidates having the opportunity to answer questions from involved citizens.

We had a better way to balance Phoenix’s budget

June 10, 2014 By: ATP Category: City of Phoenix

Phoenix Mayor and some on council passed a budget on a 5-4 vote. This was the closest budget vote in City history. The budget Mayor Stanton and some council supported increased their own personal office budgets, but cut police pay. Additionally, their budget creates a new tax on water and increases fees on seniors, but refuses to address the police shortage, structural budget deficit, and lacks strategic planning.
 
Please see the column below that appeared in Arizona Republic twice this week where Vice Mayor Jim Waring and I presented our budget plan. Our plan cut nonstrategic functions such as public relations (PR),  lobbying, association dues, travel and dining. 
 

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Phoenix Pension Reform Act

June 10, 2014 By: ATP Category: City of Phoenix

Phoenix Pension Reform Act

Will appear on your November ballot

  • Ends pension spiking
  • Saves Phoenix taxpayers over $150 million in the first 10 years
  • Offers City employees a defined contribution plan equal to the private sector
  • Puts Phoenix back on a financially sustainable path

City of Phoenix – Goldfish ban

May 23, 2014 By: ATP Category: City of Phoenix

Mayor's "big idea" was to vote and ban goldfish from the Arizona State Fair.

 

Even the Goldfish was surprised when Mayor Stanton & Council voted to ban him! Phoenix has much larger fish to fry than goldfish.

 

THE BIG FISH:

 

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PHX Priorities – Lack of Focus

May 21, 2014 By: ATP Category: City of Phoenix


The Phoenix Mayor and Council that banned goldfish as prizes at the State Fair will be voting this afternoon to cut police compensation. That same Mayor and Council voted to spend $650,000 to study your garbage - but still has no plan to add police to watch your homes.


 

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Phoenix Loses “Guns Save Lives” Censorship Case

May 21, 2014 By: ATP Category: City of Phoenix

Phoenix Loses "Guns Save Lives" Censorship Case

Arizona Court of Appeals Sides with TrainMeAZ.com

Popular Gun-Safety Bus-Stop Signs to Return

• Big Win for First Amendment and Right to Keep and Bear Arms

• As long as a commercial proposal is clearly displayed, supporting message is OK

http://www.trainmeaz.com

PHOENIX–A controversial gun-safety ad campaign is about to return to Phoenix, after the city lost its attempt to censor the project sponsored by a gun-safety training group, TrainMeAZ, LLC.
 

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Stop The Talk/Hire More Police/Create The Plan Now

May 21, 2014 By: ATP Category: City of Phoenix

Councilman Sal DiCiccio requested Phoenix quit talking about hiring more police and put forward a plan to start hiring police officers.

In a letter (below), sent this morning to Mayor Stanton, the city council and Phoenix management, Councilman DiCiccio requested a plan be in place in the next 60 days to hire more police. His letter is an attempt to get Phoenix to start the process of strategic planning and provide a starting point for the other elected officials

 

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