McCain, Flake: Immigration reform would boost economy

Note:  This was not a “Town Hall” Meeting open to the public.  This was by Invitation Only. These actions are happening right before our eyes and we are doing nothing to protest them.  It has been said “People get the government they deserve.”  Perhaps this is proof.

Arizona Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake made the case for immigration reform today at a special forum before a home-state audience, arguing that bipartisan legislation passed in the Senate would crack down on future illegal immigration, boost the economy and deal with the 11 million illegal immigrants living in the shadows.

The two senators said they are optimistic the U.S. House of Representatives will act on immigration before the end of the year, urging the lower chamber to come up with a compromise that the Senate could agree to and the president could sign.

“It is not a perfect piece of legislation, nor have I ever seen a perfect piece of legislation,” McCain said. “But I do believe this is a compromise, in some cases, that all of us can support and also believe fervently it can achieve the goals we set out: a secure border, a path to citizenship and a treatment of an issue that is not going away.”

“This is a very important time for the life or death of this issue,” he added.

The event at the Mesa Arts Center, “A Conversation on Immigration With John McCain and Jeff Flake,” was presented by The Arizona RepublicUSA Today, 12 News and azcentral.com.

For more than an hour, McCain and Flake took questions from the audience, including border ranchers, business leaders and reporters at the event and viewers posting on social media.

McCain, Arizona’s senior senator, and Flake, a newcomer to the upper chamber after 12 years in the House, have been leaders in the push this year to pass comprehensive immigration reform. As members of the Senate’s bipartisan “Gang of Eight,” they hammered out legislation that would dramatically change the immigration system.

The legislation cleared the Senate with bipartisan support on June 27, but it has encountered friction in the Republican-run House of Representatives. Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and other GOP leaders have rejected the comprehensive Senate approach.

However, the House is set to tackle the immigration issue this fall with a series of bills that zero in on individual topics such as border security and the “dreamers” – young immigrants who as children were brought into the country without authorization. Reform advocates hope the House will pass some sort of legislation that could be reconciled with the Senate bill.

An emotional plea came from Susan Krentz, the widow of rancher Robert Krentz, who was shot and killed in 2010, setting off an outcry about the unsafe conditions created by drug and people smuggling along the U.S.-Mexican border.

“How long do my family and others have to wait so we can live and work in peace?” Krentz asked.

Flake said the input of Krentz and other border residents had helped to shape the legislation.

The bill would dramatically increase enforcement, the senators said, providing billions for a secure border and interior protection. The Department of Homeland Security would double the number of Border Patrol officers, add 700 miles of border fencing, and install surveillance technology. Businesses across the country would screen workers with e-Verify, an employment verification system. Immigrants on temporary visas would be identified biometrically to prevent them overstaying.

“I am confident that with passage of this legislation we will achieve 90-percent effective control of our border,” McCain said.

If that doesn’t happen, he added, the legislation includes triggers to provide more funding and convene a working group to find out what additional fixes are needed.

McCain said the broken promises of border security under immigration reform in 1986 would not be repeated because today’s bill has funding written into it, rather than depending on Congress to appropriate money in the future.

On the economy, the senators cited the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office research that the Senate’s comprehensive reforms would reduce the federal budget deficit and shore up the financially strapped Social Security trust fund since illegal immigrants grantred citizenship would begin paying into the system as legal workers. In Arizona, the bill would create thousands of jobs and boost the state’s economic output by $616 million, they said.

“If you think this bill is not good for the economy of America and Arizona, your argument is not with us. It’s with the Congressional Budget Office,” McCain said.

Citizenship for illegal immigrants is a cornerstone of the legislation, McCain said. But he said he said the parameters aren’t “engraved in concrete” and said he would be open to negotiations with the House on defining who would be eligible.

But he said the American experience historically has been to welcome immigrants and provide them a way to earn citizenship. He said keeping too many immigrants as residents but not citizens, such as in Europe, would have negative consequences.

“We’re the land of opportunity,” McCain said.

Flake said he expects action in the House before the end of the year.

“There is pressure on the House to do something. The Speaker already said doing nothing is not an option,” Flake said. “I’m still confident we can get a bill this year.”

Political pundits argue immigration reform is vital for the GOP to remain relevant in future elections and attract Latino voters, a fast-growing voter bloc.

Both McCain and Flake both said they aren’t taking the political calculations into account.

“If you do the right thing, good politics will follow,” Flake said.

Board should have the authority, supervisor says

At least one member of the Pinal County Board of Supervisors thinks changes should be made to a budget resolution to give less authority to the county manager in the future.

Supervisor Todd House of Apache Junction said a budget resolution that governs expenditures and budgets for all elected and appointed officials should place more decision-making authority with the board instead of the county manager.

 The resolution passed 4-1 on June 26, with House dissenting. He decided to bring the item up for discussion again at the Aug. 14 work session.

“I don’t want to stop the resolution that’s currently in place,” House said. “We passed that, and that’s a good resolution. (But from) the July 30, 2008, resolution to the 2012 resolution, there have been some dramatic changes to where it gave the county manager more power and more issues that they were taking care of rather than the Board of Supervisors.”

House mentioned Stan Griffis, a former Pinal County manager who spent nearly three years in prison for stealing more than $400,000 from the county. House said because of past abuses of power such as with Griffis, some of the language in the budget resolution worried him.

“There are possible situations here to where the county manager could be tempted to use his power in the wrong way,” he said.

Read more:  http://www.trivalleycentral.com/florence_reminder_blade_tribune/news/board-should-have-the-authority-supe-says/article_31d811e8-0b4d-11e3-9624-001a4bcf887a.html

Free Pinal from the 2012 ICC International Building Codes and nanny state control of our property

In Sept 2012 the old 3 member Pinal BOS voted to adopt almost all of the ICC’s 2012 International Building Codes as written. The ICC codes are international, AKA European nanny socialist state driven, rules that strip rights from property owners, impose burdensome regulations and pump fee money into government. These codes are sneaking into many cities and counties in Arizona. Permits and inspections are required for almost EVERY routine activity to maintain your home or your property. Here is a short list of just a few of the impacts these new codes have on common activities of home and property owners.

Replacing a plumbing fixture, such as a toilet or faucet? You need a permit and an inspection!

Replacing a leaking supply valve under your sink? You need a permit and an inspection!

Replacing a water heater? You need a permit and an inspection!

Replacing the exhaust fan above your toilet? You need a permit and an inspection!

Installing an above ground pool more than 24” deep? You need a permit and an inspection!

Installing a deck of more than 200 sq. ft. or any deck that connects to an exit door? You need a permit and an inspection!

Putting up a shade for your horses of more than 200 sq. ft.? You need a permit and an inspection!

Folks, this goes on forever. When I called Pinal Building Safety to ask whether a couple of typical homeowner level repairs, such as a faucet, required a permit they had no clue but offered to look it up for me as each of the code books sells for $100 apiece. The only good thing I got from Building Safety was a little know link to look at the ICC codes online for free http://publicecodes.cyberregs.com/icod/. Dig into the codes and you will quickly find out that there is virtually no routine maintenance or improvement activity that does not require a permit, fee and an inspection.

We need to ask our new 5 member BOS to roll back the clock, go to US national codes and fix this invasive nanny state disaster imposed on property owners. Say NO to the ICC and NO to nanny state regulation! Recently there was a battle royal in Gilbert where grassroots activists and contracts beat back the attempt by the City Manager and his beaurocracy to get them adopted. See www.gilbertwatch.com for more. We can fix this in Pinal! To fix this statewide we need our legislature to keep municipalities from imposing building regulations that have nothing to do with public safety and everything to do with control and fees.

Pinal Codes Effective date of March 19th, 2013 

International Building Code (2012 Edition)
International Residential Code (2012 Edition)
International Mechanical Code (2012 Edition)
International Plumbing Code (2012 Edition)
International Property Maintenance Code (2012 Edition)
International Fire Code (2012 Edition)
International Fuel Gas Code (2012 Edition)
International Energy Code (2006 Edition)
National Electrical Code (2011 Edition)

Important Meeting 09/05/2013

Image

Important Announcement!
Apache Junction Tea Party
Brings the Grassroots Together!
When:
Thursday, September 5, 2013
Where:
East Valley High School
Address:
7420 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ 85207
(Northwest corner of Sossaman and Main St.)
Time: Doors open at 6:00 p.m.
Cost:
FREE (Donations appreciated)

This just might be the most important meeting we have ever put together. Come and hear about short and long term plans to unite the grassroots and to change America.

Our featured speaker is Shane Krauser, the director of the American Academy for Constitutional Education. The future of America is in jeopardy, and Shane will outline exactly what we can do to facilitate real change. Don’t miss this important meeting to find out what we will do together!

Questions? Call Bill Bish at 480.986.3383

Pinal County tax rate stays the same

FLORENCE — Things have improved comparatively for Pinal County taxpayers this fiscal year, but the county still has some of the highest tax rates in Arizona.

At a special Board of Supervisors meeting on Monday, the board approved the tax rates and levies for all jurisdictions in the 2013-14 fiscal year.

 The county’s primary property tax rate remains the same at $3.80 per $100 of net assessed valuation, while the rate for the library and flood control districts totals $0.27. The primary property tax rate is the second highest in the state, while the combined tax rate, at $4.07, is now the fourth-highest in the state out of 15 counties.

Last year, Pinal had the third-highest combined tax rate.

Board Vice Chairman Anthony Smith, R-Maricopa, said it’s extremely important for Pinal to become more competitive with its tax rates, but he asked if it’s even possible to get near the state averages.

“Is it just a fantasy of ours?” he asked.

Smith said he wants to know how long it will take to accomplish that goal and asked if it could take three, five or 10 years. He said the goal is for Pinal to be at or below state averages, though the way to get there, county officials said, will be a process that requires some patience.

Read more:  http://www.trivalleycentral.com/coolidge_examiner/news/pinal-county-tax-rate-stays-the-same/article_0ceb73f4-09ed-11e3-ba76-001a4bcf887a.html

Pinal County residents launch recall effort against CAC president

Many Pinal County residents live on very tight family budgets based on fixed incomes. However, that limitation did not stop the Central Arizona College District 4, under the leadership of board president Rita Nader from increasing their property taxes a whopping 19.6 % this year.

After a very heated Truth in Taxes hearing, where the majority of residents who spoke were adamantly against the tax increase, Rita Nader told people that the tax increase was needed.

However to Dick Hudgins, Colonel USAF, (ret.), and Richard Brinkley, who formed the CAC Recall Committee, and formally filed for the recall of Nader, the word “needed” is an interpretation, not a fact.

Read more:  http://www.arizonadailyindependent.com/2013/08/01/pinal-county-residents-launch-recall-effort-against-cac-president/

August Recess Congressional Town Hall Meetings List

Patriots, you need to get out in mass force to these meetings. Make your petitions clear and make sure your REPS HEAR YOU. Remember 2009 Town Hall meetings? We dominated! Let’s get out there and make an impact!

Please be advised to always call into your Congressman’s district office to confirm the times and locations of the events listed below, and to find out about other meetings that may not yet be included in this list.

Congress Contact Info:

http://www.contactingthecongress.org/

Don’t see yours on the list Tweet them and or call them and ask that they schedule one in your area!

House of Representatives Twitter Handles

http://patriotaction.net/page/house-of-representatives-twitter-handles

Senate Twitter and Facebook Handles

http://patriotaction.net/page/senate-twitter-and-social-media-accounts

Read more and see list:  http://patriotaction.net/forum/topics/august-recess-congressional-town-hall-meetings-list

Pinal County Animal Care & Control Caring for Malnourished Dog with Puppies

Pinal County Animal Care & Control officers are currently caring for a malnourished dog and a litter of puppies that were dropped off sometime between Wednesday night and Thursday morning after the shelter had closed.

The dog, a female pit bull mix, is currently receiving care at a local veterinarian’s office for malnourishment, an infection and possible renal failure.

 “My staff and I are hoping she will pull through,” said Animal Care and Control Director Kaye Dickson. “She is in really bad shape. It was obvious that she used what energy she had to feed and care for her litter.”

Read more:  http://www.santanvalley.com/news/news-stories/county/item/9903-pinal-county-animal-care–control-caring-for-malnourished-dog-with-puppies#.UgcA0pKW-RM