Political Hijinks

Last night the Scottsdale City Council decided to cut property tax rates to its lowest level since the 1970s. This is great news because housing values go up astronomically around here and the city will make more than enough money because of that. Then they decided to trim the city budget. They debated whether or not to cut subsidies to the Scottsdale Cultural Council and to eliminate a subsidy to the Scottsdale Motor Mile group’s annual marketing campaign. We have plenty of culture in Scottsdale that is supported by the very wealthy who live here, and a mile of car dealerships do not need financial help for their marketing campaigns. Instead of cutting either of these unnecessary expenditures the Council decided the only item that needed to be cut from the budget was a police helicopter program that had been approved by voters in 2000 as part of a bond election. What were they thinking?

In other news, Governor Janet Napolitano continues to veto legislation right and left. She rejected an eminent domain reform bill passed by our legislature and a measure to crack down on illegal immigration and the hiring of illegal immigrants by businesses in Arizona. She talks tough but she shows by her actions that she really doesn’t care about the rights of property owners or the seriousness of our illegal immigration problem in Arizona.


  1. Fordee
    Jun 9, 2006

    I have read great things about your Governor. But, I don’t live in your state. That makes a huge difference. When Bush ran Texas… if that’s what you want to call it… I learned first hand how his Presidency would go. Color me ‘unsurprised’ that it has gone this badly.

    Napolitano seems pretty effective though from a national spotlight. In November 2005, Time magazine named her one of the five best governors in the U.S.

    Some are even thinking she could run for President or even be a very viable VP candidate.

  2. NormB
    Jun 9, 2006

    A very sad day for America and Americans if Napolitano runs as either a VP or Presidential candidate.