STRENGTHEN LOCAL ECONOMY
A strong middle class builds a strong economy. Job creation and a living wage are crucialfor our district. Additionally, closing corporate tax loopholes and ensuring the super wealthy pay their fair share would relieve the tax-burden and squeeze on the middle class.
The time to fully fund our public education system is now. Eliminating dysfunctional corporate tax breaks and discontinuing the subsidizing of private schools will bring the revenue required to improve our communites, decrease class sizes and retain professional teachers.
STAND UP FOR HEALTHCARE
State funding of Medicaid and KidsCare is the fiscally responsible solution. These programs keep our communities healthy and ease the financial and resource burden on our hospitals. Cutting these programs costs the taxpayers more in the long run.
Our district is dealing with unsafe and inadequate roads, water-supply and quality issues, and unreliable access to the internet. We need to ensure our portion of state funds make it to the district instead of being hijacked by the state for other counties.
The Right Choice for Rural Arizona
Natali Fierros-Bock is a fourth-generation Arizonan, an educator, actor, wife and mother, working to represent Legislative District 8 in the State Senate.
As a public school educator in the district, Natali has both elementary and middle school experience. She is equipped with firsthand knowledge of the struggles facing Arizona’s education system today. Natali is ready to address the problems plaguing our system and create win/win solutions for our children, our teachers and our communities.
Natali is also the mother of three daughters. After the 2016 election, it was important for her to model citizenship and character for her girls. She was appointed Chair of Legislative District 8 Democrats and helped to build and train the largest group of Precinct Committeepeople in the county, increasing their numbers by nearly 50%. Her grassroots efforts are rooted in community organizing and relationship building. She intends to take these skills to the State Senate and be an advocate for the citizens of LD 8, working to protect healthcare, education and our economy. Natali wants us all to have a better quality of life.
After earning a B.A. from Pepperdine University, Natali returned to school to get a master’s degree in Elementary Education. She lives in San Tan Valley with her husband, Jim, also an educator, and their three daughters.
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The Issues in Depth
As a rural district, job availability is an even greater challenge, with fewer jobs available and people being underemployed. Job creation can be stimulated by encouraging and supporting the growth of small businesses and investing in job-training, education and infrastructure to bring manufacturing and business to the area. It is imperative we foster the dignity of a job by creating an economy that works for all of us. This means a job should have decent pay and reliable hours. We cannot grow a strong economy if our work force is living in poverty. This also means we close corporate tax loopholes and make the super wealthy pay their fair share to relieve the tax-burden and squeeze on the middle class. Again, it is a strong middle class that builds a strong economy. It is time they had leadership working for them.
The time to fully fund our public education system is now. While we rank at the bottom for both teacher pay and per pupil funding as a state, the challenge to create a stable learning environment is even greater in our rural areas. Investing in our teachers and students is an investment that will come back tenfold and must be a priority so we can end the teacher shortage and turnover our rural schools are facing. A strong education system creates an educated work force, brings jobs to the area, boosts the economy and creates safe and prosperous communities. Eliminating dysfunctional corporate tax break and discontinuing the subsidizing of private schools will bring in additional state revenue required to fully fund our public education for students, teachers, counselors, aides, bus drivers and all those charged with supporting our children. Education is the foundation to community improvement.
No one should have to gamble with their health and yet hundreds of thousands of Arizonans are forced into lose/lose choices because of the rising cost of healthcare and medication. In rural Arizona, the effects are felt even deeper. We must be fiscally responsible with our dollars and that means state funding of Medicaid and KidsCare. The costs of cutting these programs from the budget cripples our communities and costs taxpayers more in the long run. Providing assistance to our most vulnerable keeps our communities healthy and eases the financial and resource burden on our hospitals.
A requisite for safe and prosperous communities is a strong infrastructure. Currently, our district is dealing with unsafe and inadequate roads, a water-supply issue and access to reliable internet in some rural areas. We need to ensure our portion of state funds make it to the district to be used for road improvement instead of being hijacked by the state for other counties. We also need to support research and investment into a long term solution for a reliable water supply. Thirdly, we need to improve broadband availability, the roads we can’t see, that bring jobs, assist education and nurture economic growth.
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