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We Are Not Done Yet! | Using RTS To Be Heard

Did you know that you have a loud & clear voice in the Arizona Legislature?

The Arizona Legislature is where policies on education, healthcare, free and fair elections, criminal justice reform and the environment are made – the issues that affect your life and the lives of your friends and families.  A new session of the Arizona Legislature opened in Phoenix on Monday, January 11.  

The REQUEST TO SPEAK system (RTS) is a way for you to comment – from the comfort of your home! – on legislation that is pending in Legislative Committees.  

Arizona Civics 101 and the Request to Speak System
Sunday, January 31
2 pm Tucson Time
via Zoom Webinar
Registration is required

view video of this event above!

The Pima County Democratic Party is inviting you to a informal, virtual session to learn about the basics of the Arizona Legislature and to learn how you can get an activated account on the Request to Speak system.  You do not have to be a registered voter to use RTS. We are looking at YOU, high school students!

The Republican majority in the state legislature is razor thin this year.  Join us to learn how you can add your voice to encourage good bills and to comment and disapprove of bad bills – bills that run counter to the values that we as Democrats hold dear. Make your voice heard!

You are invited to a Zoom webinar. When: Jan 31, 2021 2:00 PM Arizona Topic: AZ Legislative Process and Intro to RTS
Register in advance for this webinar:https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_-tIY1X42Rtq0QcFHtdP82Q
(Virtual doors open at 1:30 so we can get situated…event starts at 2)

Can’t join us? You can jump in to the Request To Speak sign up process here! 

Democrats Of Oro Valley urge opposition to SB1041

The Democrats of Oro Valley
We are urging you to OPPOSE SB1041 (Bill Title: STOs; aggregate cap increase). This bill would increase non-public school tax credits by 400% (from $5 million to $20 million) over the next three years and then would continue to increase by 2% growth or inflation. This gift to private and charter schools and their corporate masters would unnecessarily deplete AZ’s general fund and continue to defund public schools.
Senate Finance Committee Members
Vince Leach, AZ senator district 11 is the vice chairman of the finance committee.
Contacts AZ Senate
Contacts AZ House of Representatives

If you are signed up for RTS, please use your Request to Speak before noon Tuesday to be sure you’re concerns are heard.
Sign in to Request to Speak
Here is a link if you would like RTS training from Civic Engagement Beyond Voting: Training

Follow us on “demsov.org” or at the Democrats of Oro Valley facebook page.
Notes from the Chair | Vote YES on Prop 208

Notes from the Chair | Vote YES on Prop 208

PCDP and Arizona Democratic Party STRONGLY support Proposition 208 –Invest in Ed. We urge you to do the same.

The Arizona legislature has HISTORICALLY underfunded education, resulting in crisis-level teacher shortages. When the legislature fails to act, initiatives are our only recourse. (Over 400,000) NEARLY HALF A MILLION Arizonans signed petitions to get this initiative on the ballot.

Why?

  • Average class sizes in AZ are at record highs.
  • Our counselor to student ratio is the worst in the country.
  • AZ’s per-pupil funding is one of the lowest in the nation and remains lower than it was before the 2008 recession. AZ spends $800 million less on education than it did a decade ago.
  • There were more than 1,800 unfilled teaching positions at the start of the 2019-2020 school year. Teaching in AZ is simply not a career many people can afford.

Prop 208, if passed, is expected to raise $827 million in revenue in the first full year of implementation.

It will impose a 3.5% income tax surcharge on taxable individual income over:

  1. $250,000 for a single person or a married person filing separately.
  2. $500,000 for a married couple or a single person who is head of a household.

If you and your spouse earn between $1 and $500,000 in combined (personal) TAXABLE income, you will pay no extra taxes. If you and your spouse earn $501,000 in combined (personal) TAXABLE income, your additional tax burden will be $35 (3.5% of $1,000).

(Note: taxable income is not gross or adjusted gross income.  It’s what you are taxed on in AZ after all exemptions and deductions and is often 2/3 or 1/2 of gross, especially if you’re wealthy with lots of write offs.)

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