Bradley Vs Morrison
I believe all general elections should be contested. I welcome a good respectful political contest where the public is provided a choice. It appears that I will be having a Republican Opponent. His name is Mark Morrison.
I would urge you to check out his website and learn more about him: http://www.morrison4arizona.com/
Mr. Morrison has identified eight issues that he believes are important to the voters of District 10. Click through the slideshow to find Mr. Morrison's thoughts on these issues followed by my response to the same topics. While I believe that the topics he has chosen are important there are many other issues that I feel the state is facing that our campaign will highlight during the next few months; the environment, water, our border issues, infrastructure, economic development to name a few.
Daily Star Interviews
Economy and Job Climate
Business and government do best when they function as partners. Business needs a modern transportation system to thrive, business needs an education system that produces competent, creative and innovative workers to help them grow and expand. It has become a simple cliché to talk about government getting off the back of business. Business thrives when government is efficient and effective and investments are made to help the common good. Government does its best when its revenue streams are consistent and sufficient and that means having a robust business environment to make that happen. Government and business are mutually interdependent, they thrive or suffer together.
We need to implement policies that encourage businesses to grow and prosper, to expand, invest, and create more jobs. We need to make Arizona an attractive place to start new businesses; we need companies to move to Arizona. In addition, we need to keep government regulations simple enough that companies are not overburdened; in short, we need to get government off the backs of businesses. If we get government spending and taxes right, businesses will hire, expand, grow, create new jobs, and new companies will move to AZ. Source…
Taxes are the price we pay for civility. Tax structure should be simple, fair and equitable. No formula for a flat tax can meet those criteria. We need a tax structure that reflects our economy. Our current tax formulae were set in place over 80 years ago. The three legged stool of income, property and sales tax should be balanced. The State is far too dependent on sales tax and as a result rides the ups and downs of the economy which makes it difficult to project very far into the future when building a budget that the public can rely on. Tax reform is a central issue that the Republican legislature has failed to address because it takes courage to change the status quo. Some taxes will have to raised while others can be lowered but the formula has to change so that government has a predictable and steady flow of resources. Business thrives in predictable environments that is why it is important for government to be as predictable and reliable as possible.
The purpose of taxing citizens is simply to raise the money to fund essential government services. Taxes should not be used to induce or discourage certain behaviors. If we broaden the tax burden, nobody will have to pay high tax rates. Taxes should be simple, low, broad, and flat. Taxes will be lower if we reduce government spending by cutting the “nice to have” but unaffordable state programs, and stick with the “must do’s.” Source…
Every candidate running for office will note how important education is to the sustenance and growth of the State. The fact is that education requires adequate funding particularly for early education. Education is indeed the antidote to poverty and is the key to the future success of the state. But it is not enough to say that education is important, we have to invest in education from pre-K through our universities and that takes money. The Republican legislature has drained over a billion dollars from the education system in the last few years all the while claiming that education is a top priority.
A good education is the key to economic prosperity for everyone, particularly our children. Parents are in the best position to make critical decisions regarding their children’s education. Since the state spends over half of its budget on education, we need to spend wisely on our schools, colleges, and universities. Our state universities, community colleges, and trade schools must prepare our young people for getting good jobs. We must focus on education that prepares students for real work in the real world. Source…
It is the constitutional duty of the legislature to present a balanced budget to the governor every year. A government budget is a philosophical document. It reveals what is important to the people of the State at any given time. A budget has to be forward looking and anticipatory of the state's needs. That requires that the legislature have the foresight to plan ahead and ensure that there are adequate resources (taxes) to meet the needs of the state. Those needs fluctuate over time and legislators have to work together to courageously meet those needs. It is Pollyannaish and naive to sign no tax pledges and reduce to slogans the management of government functions. Governing is dynamic and requires that we adjust to its ever changing role.
I won’t allow Arizona to fall into the trap of tax and spend policies, but I will demand fiscal responsibility by making sure we don’t spend more than we take in. I will work to keep our state budget balanced, and make sure we live within our means. We must work closely with the federal government to ensure that federal demands and mandates are matched with reasonable spending levels. We must be honest about budget projections, and not use budgetary gimmicks, tricks, and half-truths. Source…
Healthcare is a right not a privilege. Everybody needs it. It is incumbent upon the state to ensure that everyone has access to quality and affordable healthcare. That care is delivered in concert with the federal government, private healthcare entities and the State of Arizona. The Affordable Healthcare Act is not going away and our expansion of Medicaid last year was only one piece of the puzzle of providing healthcare coverage for all Arizonans. Healthcare coverage will continue to be a challenge in the years ahead but we cannot afford to simply write people off who don't have access. One way or another we all pay for the un/underinsured. There is nothing magic about paying for healthcare we have to work together to create sustainable resources to provide the care that all people are entitled to receive.
We need to ensure that those citizens (the poor, disabled, and children) who really need healthcare get it. We owe it to these citizens to get quality healthcare and the government has a role to play in achieving this. But we can’t promise more than we can afford. It would be foolhardy to rely on the federal government to help pay for these healthcare services over the long term. We need to craft solutions that provide the required care while not breaking the bank. Economic growth policies will help us afford to provide more. Source…
Mandatory and truth in sentencing laws have resulted in an over burdened prison system. After a brief period of decline the state prison population is on the rise again. There are many contributing factors such as poverty, violence, substance abuse and mental illness as well as archaic sentencing laws. We need viable treatment alternatives for non-violent offenders and we need rehabilitation for those who are. The vast majority of prisoners will eventually be released, we have to provide the training and support to reduce the likelihood of their return to prison. Like most problems facing the state we must intervene early and comprehensively to prevent the young from getting involved in criminal activity and intervening quickly with restorative justice programs when they do.
Prisons and Corrections is the number three Arizona state expenditure. We need to make sure those funds are spent wisely, efficiently, and with public safety in mind. Revising minimum sentencing, particularly for first time offenders, and for those convicted of minor offenses would help. The goal should be to reduce the number of citizens who are incarcerated. The high cost of confining prisoners is a huge financial burden on everyone. We can do better. Source…
Government Accountability and Ethics
Government has to be accountable to the governed to have any credibility. Government can't and shouldn't solve every problem that faces our community but it must always be a catalyst for change and be transparent in its execution of public policy. Our Republican legislature is notorious for its back room deals and creating budgets with little or no participation from the public. It is not enough to talk about high ideals, behaving ethically means also means being open to new ideas and treating others with respect even when we do not agree.
Elected officials work for the people, so we must expect and insist on the highest level of ethics from them. We should seek those candidates who uphold the highest ideals, and who devote their time, talents, and energies to public service. Transparency leads to wise decisions and sound governing. Being accountable to the citizens and to the press, and subject to ethics oversight and enforcement. Source…
Become a Community
Couldn't agree more. It is important to elect people with a history of service to their community. Having lived in Tucson for nearly forty years and having been engaged in the community from coaching Little League baseball to working with the poorest families, to providing jobs for hundreds of Tucsonans, to working from the neighborhood level to the legislature supporting the values of this community is how I have chosen to help bring people together.
A real community consists of individuals, families, churches, businesses, civic organizations, and government. Each of these groups makes significant contributions to helping every citizen. Part of good citizenship goes beyond voting; we should all volunteer our time, talents, and treasure to assisting our churches, our community groups, and our businesses to carry out their community improvement programs. All must work together to make it work for everyone. America is at its best when everyone works together for what is best for our country. Source…