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Putting an end to the cash for compliance racket
February 16, 2017
 Landmark legislation that has led to legally protected access and accommodations for millions of Americans with disabilities is now being cynically manipulated by rogue attorneys in an attempt to line their own pockets.
 
Signed into law in 1990 by President George H.W. Bush and supported by both parties, the Americans with Disabilities Act broke down barriers for individuals with disabilities in a profound way. The accommodations we expect today – wheelchair ramps, bathroom grab bars, electronic door openers, and more – were once rarely seen, preventing too many Americans from participating fully in all aspects of society.
 
The changes brought about by the adoption of the ADA were significant. Under the law, building owners are required to alter their facility to be readily accessible to individuals with disabilities. If building owners don’t comply, the ADA allows for private individuals to sue and seek damages.
Why Arizona needs initiative reform
February 09, 2017

Last July, proponents of a higher minimum wage in Arizona submitted over 270,000 petition signatures to the Secretary of State’s Office in hopes of securing a spot on the November ballot. Tens of thousands of those signatures were apparently fraudulent.

We know this because a superior court judge determined as much when the validity of the signatures was challenged by the Arizona Restaurant Association. We also know this because the campaign behind what came to be Proposition 206 pointed to the invalid signatures as justification for not paying the firm it contracted to collect signatures after that firm sued.

None of that mattered, however. The initiative still got on the ballot due to a technicality and, as has been the case with minimum wage initiatives across the country, passed by a wide margin.

In Case You Missed It: Careful how we renegotiate NAFTA
February 01, 2017

I'm pleased to share this column, which appeared in the The Arizona Republic, that makes the case for a strengthened, modernized North American Free Trade Agreement. I am especially grateful to join Sen. John McCain and Sen. Jeff Flake in highlighting the importance of trade to Arizona and to the United States' economic competitiveness

Education takes center stage in budget
January 19, 2017

Governor Doug Ducey last week presented an executive budget that is education-focused. It provides more resources and more reform. 

Arizona was one of the states hardest hit during the Great Recession. This had a negative on the state’s funding levels for education. This is not news.  

What has not been widely reported, however, is that even in the face of this adversity our students and teachers began moving in small, but sustained, increments towards excellence each and every year