Editor, Casa Grande Dispatch:
With the conclusion of the legislative session rapidly approaching, I wanted to take this time to provide an update on a number of important issues the legislature has addressed that will positively affect our state for years to come.
It has been my ongoing commitment to fund education. Returning dollars to our community college system, which benefit so many in our state, has been a key focus for me. We will keep our promise to increase teacher pay 20% by 2020, ensuring more dollars are flowing to Arizona teachers and classrooms. This raise is permanent and ongoing — and our teachers deserve it.
Since I was elected three years ago, I have made it a priority to stop the funding sweeps that diverted hundreds of millions of dollars from road creation and maintenance to other areas of state spending. These critically important funds need to be protected for their original use. Adequate infrastructure is essential to my district and to the state at large, and I have run legislation to refund those dollars to ensure adequate funding for new and existing roads in our community.
I proudly sponsored three tax-related bills that would help people of all income levels; pushed for infrastructure funding to help keep our $2.3 billion local agricultural industry moving forward; and worked on the Drought Contingency Plan, which provides solutions for the state’s water supply for the next 150 years.
As we work to pass a final budget and address remaining legislative issues, I am as devoted as ever to representing the interests of my district at the state Capitol. I will continue to fight for funding for our teachers, our roads and our water supply. I remain your humble servant and look forward to continuing my work on your behalf.
David Cook is a Republican member of the state House representing Legislative District 8.