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From: Tom Jenney <TJenney@afphq.org>

Subject: Is your school district hiding its budgets?

To: "Tom Jenney" <TJenney@afphq.org>

Date: Wednesday, January 26, 2011, 11:57 PM

 

 

ACTION ITEM

 

Dear Arizona Taxpayer,

 

Have you ever had trouble finding your school district’s budget online?

 

Has your school district ever refused to send you its audited financial statements?

 

Have you had difficulty obtaining copies of your district’s proposed budgets before your school board votes on those budgets?

 

If so, we need to hear your stories! 

 

Representative Kimberly Yee from Northwest Phoenix is the lead sponsor of House Bill 2421.  Drafted with the help of AFP-Arizona, HB 2421 would require school districts to post their proposed budgets, approved budgets, and audited financial statements in a timely manner and in a prominent place on their websites.  Remember, transparency is our first line of defense against school district overspending and corruption.

 

This coming Monday, January 31, beginning at 2:00 pm, HB 2421 will be heard before the House Education Committee.  Here are four ways for you to TAKE ACTION:

 

1)  Testify.  We would greatly appreciate it if you would come to the Legislature on Monday and testify about your experiences.  Please let us know you are coming by responding to this email.  We will meet at 1:30 pm by the statue of Frank Luke in the Capitol courtyard.  Map and parking instructions below. 

 

2)  Register in support of the bill.  If you do not already have an account with the ALIS system, you will need to come down to the Capitol on Monday to set up an account (after that, you will be able to register your support for, or opposition to, future bills from your home computer).  We will meet at 1:30 pm by the statue of Frank Luke in the Capitol courtyard and then get people logged into ALIS.  Map and parking instructions below. 

 

3)  Email your testimony.  Whether or not you plan to attend the hearing on Monday, please send your testimony via email as soon as possible to AFP-Arizona director Tom Jenney (tjenney@afphq.org) and to Rep. Kimberly Yee (kyee@azleg.gov).  That way, if an emergency comes up and you cannot make it to the Capitol, we will still be able to refer to your email testimony.

 

4)  Please forward this email alert to your friends and family members! 

 

Whatever you do, please let Tom Jenney and Rep. Yee know how you plan to help us by sending emails to tjenney@afphq.org and kyee@azleg.gov.

 

The House parking lot is on the southeast corner of 17th Avenue and Adams.   Here is a map of the Arizona Capitol Mall (the House is Building #4):

 

http://www.americansforprosperity.com/files/azcapitolmallparkingmap...

 

House Bill 2421 is very important.  Transparency is the first step we must take if parents, teachers and taxpayers are going to gain any control over school district finances.  One of the reasons many school districts don’t want us to see their budgets is that they actually have an immense amount of money.  The problem is that they waste too much on admin and capital, and have failed to put that money into our classrooms:

 

http://tinyurl.com/azschools2009

 

If any school district official or lobbyist tells you that the HB 2421 reform would result in too much “paperwork” for the district, please remind him or her that we are living in the year 2011, two decades after the development of the internet.  PDF documents can be uploaded to websites by persons with very few skills in a matter of minutes.  The districts have NO EXCUSE WHATSOEVER for refusing to post this information prominently on their websites.  If school district officers or lobbyists fight us on this bill, we will have to ask them the obvious question: What are you hiding?

 

You can read the text of HB 2421 in PDF format here:

 

http://www.azleg.gov/legtext/50leg/1r/bills/hb2421p.pdf

 

The HTML version of HB 2421 is posted here:

 

http://www.azleg.gov/FormatDocument.asp?inDoc=/legtext/50leg/1r/bil...

 

Thanks also to Reps. Judy Burges (NW Valley), Jeff Dial (Ahwatukee), Tom Forese (Chandler), David Gowan (Tucson/Green Valley), Jack Harper (NW Valley), Peggy Judd (Cochise County), Steve Montenegro (Avondale/Goodyear), Carl Seel (Anthem), David Stevens (Cochise County), Steve Urie (Gilbert), and Ted Vogt (Tucson/Green Valley) for co-sponsoring HB 2421. 

 

For an overview of AFP-Arizona’s 2011 Legislative Policy Plan, go to www.aztaxpayers.org and scroll down on the left under “What’s New.”

 

And be sure to mark your calendars…  The Arizona chapter of Americans for Prosperity has secured the House and Senate lawns at the Arizona Capitol for a giant Feet to the Fire Tea Party, from 6:00 to 9:00 pm on the evening of April 15, 2011.  If our Legislators and Governor have successfully achieved free-market policy goals, AFP-Arizona and allied Tea Party organizations will pledge to support them in the tough battles they face against the leftist media and the spending lobbies.  If our Legislators and Governor have not achieved these goals, we will be there to ask them WHY, and to ensure that these goals are achieved by the end of the legislative session.  We must hold their Feet to the Fire!

 

For other event notices, go here:  http://tinyurl.com/2466rog

 

Or, you can go to our home page, www.aztaxpayers.org, and look for our events list on the left side of the page, under “What’s New.”

 

For Liberty, Tom

 

Tom Jenney

Arizona Director

Americans for Prosperity

www.aztaxpayers.org

tjenney@afphq.org

(602) 478-0146

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