Friday, May 2, 2014

2014 Legislative Session Wrap-Up-Michele Reagan Candidate For AZ Secretary of State

In the wee hours of the morning last week, the Arizona Legislature adjourned the 2014 Session. This Session had no lack of debate, but when it mattered, there was a great deal of cooperation to get things done for Arizona. All in all, I believe that our work helps to move our state forward and make it stronger in the process.

Some Legislative highlights for me include:
  • Almost $200 million NEW K-12 education funding
  • More than 200 NEW child protection service caseworkers added
  • $38.5 million in NEW funding for our state's Universities
  • $120 million over the next 3 years for highway repairs
  • Over $6 million to Community Colleges for STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math
  • Funding for the VA for mental health therapy
  • Passing a sex trafficking bill that Governor Brewer has already signed into law
With the 2014 Session behind us, we aren’t finished yet. We will be holding a Special Session, most likely by the end of May, where we will address our state’s new child welfare agency. This new agency is replacing the dysfunctional office of Child Protective Services. We will be working to establish ground rules, responsibilities, and funding for this new agency in order to never ignore or fail to investigate cases of children in abusive or neglected situations.

We accomplished much this Session, and I truly appreciate your support as I have served in the Arizona Legislature. Now, I begin a new chapter. I am running for Arizona Secretary of State and can still use that support you have given me over the past several years. I face a tough challenge in the Primary Election, but I am the ONLY candidate that brings to the table the right combination of a relevant private-sector business background AND the necessary legislative experience to fulfill the role of Secretary of State.
Thank you.