As healthcare professionals, we dedicate our lives to improving the health and well-being of our community. This is true in our daily work, but we encourage you to bring this frame of reference to the forefront when exercising your right to vote.
There are many places to gather information to inform your vote. We believe the following websites are good starting places for nonpartisan research:
As a nonprofit, we do not take positions on individual candidates – we believe there are candidates from all parties who have a strong record of supporting healthy communities and health care policy that expands access, lowers cost and creates healthy communities. When considering individual candidates, make sure you have all the information you need to make a decision, and ask yourself questions such as:
• Does this candidate support my position on health care reform?
• Does this candidate support my position on the availability of and access to health care?
• Does this candidate support my position on legislation such as the Affordable Care Act and the Children’s Health Insurance Program?
We encourage you to take time to look at candidates for the following elected positions:
• Secretary of State
• U.S. Senate
• U.S. House of Representatives
There are also numerous state representative and Senate positions on the ballot. Those elected officials have a strong influence over health policy in the state.
Why Ballot Propositions are Important:
While we typically think of lawmaking power residing in the legislative branches of our government, the Arizona Constitution gives citizens the power to propose new laws or veto an existing law through the initiative and referendum processes.
In the 2018 General Election, there are a number of initiative and referendum measures to consider. As with candidates for elected office, we encourage you to research these ballot measures. You can find more information here:
Since we are able to take positions on propositions on the ballot, here’s our take on some of the key choices on this year’s ballot:
• Proposition 126 puts in place a constitutional amendment prohibiting the taxation of any service that is not currently taxed. Our position: We believe that creating a prohibitive constitutional amendment limits opportunities for the state to generate additional revenue. While we are not encouraging taxation on services, we don’t believe the prohibition is prudent. Our Position: NO
• Proposition 127 puts in place a constitutional amendment requiring electricity providers to generate at least 50 percent of their annual sales of electricity from renewable sources. The constitutional change also mandates all costs to meet the new 50 percent renewal sources be passed on to consumers. While we believe that solar and alternative energy sources should be pursued by our state’s electrical utilities, we are opposed to a constitutional amendment mandating requirements. Our Position: NO
• Proposition 305 amends current statutes related to empowerment scholarship accounts. We encourage a “no” vote on this proposition because it expands the use of the empowerment scholarship accounts beyond their intended purpose and will pull money out of the already underfunded public education system. We believe that a strong public education system is critical to the long-term health of our community, and this proposition would diminish our already struggling public education system. Our Position: NO
• Proposition 407 City of Tucson Parks Bond would authorize $225 million in general obligation bonds for capital improvements to Tucson parks, including playgrounds, sports fields, pools, splash pads, bicycle pathways, as well as pedestrian and bicycle safety (https://www.tucsonaz.gov/parksbond). Physical activity is key to a healthy lifestyle and our city park system is a critical component to the accessibility and affordability of healthy outdoor activity for people of all ages and abilities. Our Position: Yes.
• Proposition 463 Pima County Roads Bond would authorize the sale of $430 million in general obligation bonds to fund reconstruction, preservation and repair of existing paved public roads across the region. We believe our roadways are part of the critical infrastructure of our community and are in need of improvement. The state of our roads impacts economic development, health and safety, and the overall livability of our region. Our Position: Yes.
Other propositions that will be on the ballot include:
• Proposition 125 proposes an amendment to the constitution that would permit the state to adjust certain benefits in the corrections officers’ and elected officials’ retirement systems to alleviate pension underfunding.
• Proposition 306 amends Arizona revised statutes relating to the Citizens Clean Elections Act. The law would prohibit candidates who finance their political campaigns with public funding from the Citizens Clean Elections Commission from transferring any campaign funds to a political party or private tax0-exempt organization that attempts to include elections and subjects the Commission’s rulemaking procedures to regulatory oversight.
Judges and Arizona Corporation Commission:
As voters in the 2018 General Election, we also have choices to make related to judges and the Arizona Corporation Commission.
For consideration of the judicial nominees, more information can be found at www.azjudges.info.
The Arizona Corporate Commission Candidates are also on the ballot. The Arizona Corporation Commission’s mission is to power Arizona’s future by ensuring safe, reliable, and affordable utility services; growing Arizona’s economy as we help local entrepreneurs achieve their dream of starting a business; modernizing an efficient, effective, and responsive government agency; and protecting Arizona citizens by enforcing an ethical securities marketplace.