Join me this Friday, July 17th, as I guest host all three hours of the Jim Parisi radio show on KNST, 790 AM, from 6:00 am to 9:00 am. Listen or call in with your questions as we discuss what happened during the 2009 regular session of the Arizona Legislature and talk about the latest developments with the current special session. You can tune the radio dial to 790 AM or listen online atKNST.com.
This Wednesday, July 15th, I will be speaking to the Eastside Republican Club. They will be meeting at the Kirk-Bear Canyon Library, 8959 E. Tanque Verde from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm. ContactLoriat 749-3472 orParraleeat 749-0312 with any questions. Come join and bring a friend.
The regular session was dominated by budget issues. We had to make adjustments to last year's budget as well as work on this year's budget while tax revenues were continually declining due to the weak economy. One of my main priorities is to get the economy in Arizona rolling again so we will have ample revenue to fund needed programs. Providing relief for Arizona's small businesses, which have been hit hardest by the recession, is essential. Creating a business friendly environment in Arizona will not only preserve current jobs, it will also help create new jobs. Let's face it, the only real way to solve our economic problems is to get Arizona back to work and that's exactly what I am trying to accomplish.
I was also able to accomplish a few important items for District 30. I worked closely with the Tohono O’odham Nation, Federal agencies, city officials and residents of Sahuarita to get the proposed detention facility relocated to a less populated area. I will continue to work with tribal authorities to ensure the relocation goes smoothly.
As the Vice-Chairman of the Transportation Committee I was able to get the Arizona Dept of Transportation to dramatically improve the priority of the Marsh Station Road/Interstate 10 project. The residents of Cochise, Pima and Santa Cruz Counties have had to deal with large, oversized trucks that had to detour around the low and narrow railroad bridge underpass at that exit. These detours created traffic delays and safety issues along SR-90, SR-82, and SR-83. After waiting for over 12 years the residents living along these routes will finally get that problem solved. Construction begins this October.
I was able to mediate an agreement between the Green Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Metropolitan Tucson Convention and Visitor's Bureau which will bring hundreds of thousands of dollars into the Green Valley area to help promote business and tourism opportunities in the region.
I also worked closely with the Director of the Arizona Department of Veteran's Affairs and the House and Senate Appropriations Chairmen to protect funding for the Tucson Veteran's Home and prevented the reduction of the number of State Veteran's Benefit Counselors who help thousands of our state's veterans.
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It is an honor to serve the residents of District 30, and as always, thank you for your support,