Newsroom - May 2010

Treasurer Martin Questions Obama's Border Security Commitment; Napolitano's Effectiveness:
National Guard are soldiers not Bureaucrats

 A Well Defined Mission to Secure the Border is Critical to Success

For Immediate Release Director of Communications:
May 27th, 2010 Tim Gaffney 602-810-4715

Phoenix, AZ – Today, Dean Martin questioned President Obama’s commitment to securing our southern border. Just weeks after Homeland Secretary Napolitano made the outrageous claim that the southern border is “as secure as it’s ever been,” President Obama has now ordered 1,200 troops to the southern border. 

“As long as Secretary Napolitano in charge, I have little confidence President Obama’s recent token attempt to secure the border by claiming the National Guard might be deployed," said Dean Martin.  “The mission as defined by the President is unclear, and Secretary Napolitano thinks the southern border is already secure.”

Treasurer Dean Martin, a long-time border security proponent, six years ago Martin called for the Arizona National Guard to be put on the border and the fence to be finished.  As Governor, Dean Martin would deploy 3,000 Nation Guard troops to the Arizona border, finish the fence, as well as provide an additional $50 million in state money for local law enforcement to beef up enforcement.

“This is a national security priority. Arizona needs more border patrol resources, not force reductions as Napolitano has ordered.  Nation Guard soldiers should not be deployed to desks to push paper, but to the border where they are needed most.  This latest stunt by the administration to look tough on the border is too little, to late" continued Treasurer Dean Martin.

"The National Guard should have a well defined mission to protect our borders, we cannot wait any longer.  If the Federal government will not secure our border, Arizona should.  We can not afford to bear the brunt of illegal immigration, nor can we wait for this administration to deploy more troops with only a mandate to push red tape around.”

Dean Martin is the State Treasurer for Arizona, a statewide elective office, where he oversees $9.3 billion in investments from State and Local governments.  Martin is a former state legislator who has a long record of providing transparency in government and real solutions for tax relief and border security for Arizona families.

Martin Makes it Official

For Immediate Release Director of Communications: 

May 26, 2010 Tim Gaffney 602-810-4715

Phoenix, AZ – Today, Dean Martin’s campaign for governor filed more than 11,200 nominating petition signatures with the Secretary of State’s Office -- nearly double the amount required and exceeding the threshold required in each Arizona County. 

Treasurer Dean Martin said, “I want to thanks the hundreds of volunteers for their efforts.  I was the last candidate to enter the race for Governor and in only a few short months, using only grassroots volunteers, we collected over double the required signatures!  This demonstrates how broad our support is across Arizona which will make the difference as we enter the next phase of the campaign."

Dean Martin is the State Treasurer for Arizona, a statewide elective office, where he oversees $9.3 billion in investments from State and Local governments.  Martin is a former state legislator who has a long record of providing real solutions for transparent government, tax relief and border security for Arizona families.

Martin Legislation Protects Jobs; While Brewer Hikes Taxes

For Immediate Release Director of Communications: 
May 17, 2010 Tim Gaffney 602-810-4715

Phoenix, AZ – Governor Brewer’s massive new tax increase will hurt job creation and stifle growth in Arizona.  However, due to legislation passed by then Senator Dean Martin, thousands of Arizona jobs will be protected.  “Arizonans can breathe a sigh of relief, although their tax bill will go up, because of Dean’s foresight their jobs will be protected.  SB 1141, now law, was written by Dean with the express purpose of protecting businesses from new tax increases so that jobs could be preserved.  Of course Dean wrote the law to protect Arizonans from a different tax and spend Governor, Janet Napolitano,” said Martin spokesman Tim Gaffney.

SB 1141 was created to protect jobs during times of increased taxes.  Specifically the law protects any long term contract signed before the tax was passed.   Without this protection, if the contract could not adjust for the new tax rate, the contractor would still be responsible for paying more taxes.  That money has to come out of somewhere, which could mean more layoffs.  Even existing stimulus projects that are underway are affected.  Without this bill some of the jobs created by stimulus contracts may have been lost.

Low turnout expected for tax vote

by Kevin Tripp/KTAR and Jim Cross/KTAR (May 18th, 2010 @ 7:35am)

PHOENIX -- Arizona voters went to the polls Tuesday to decide the fate of a sales tax increase hailed as a savior for education and denounced as a bad idea during a recession.

Proposition 100 would raise the sales tax by 1 percent -- or 1-cent on a dollar -- for three years. For most purchases, the state sales tax would increase from 5.6 percent to 6.6 percent.

Early voters at Boulder Creek Elementary School in north Phoenix echoed the campaign arguments for and against the tax.

"Education's the main thing for everybody," said one supporter. "The ones who are voting may already have their education. It's the young ones we need to get there."

A woman said she was torn on the issue until the last minute. She said she supports teachers and police officers, but voted no "mainly because of their retirement. They get so much more than we do and I made a decision that we can't afford that many taxes."

Gov. Jan Brewer pushed for the tax hike, saying it was the only way to avoid massive cuts for education.
"When you're faced with the reality of where Arizona is and, knowing that core services that government provides are going to be decimated, you just automatically know that it's not about Jan Brewer any more, you have to do what's right," she said during the campaign.

But, State Treasurer Dean Martin -- one of five candidates challenging Brewer in the August Republican primary -- cast his "no" vote Tuesday, saying Brewer and other incumbents don't want to face re-election after cuts in education budgets.

"We can balance this budget without a tax increase," Martin said. "We can protect teachers and classrooms without raising taxes, restructure the state's debuts, refinance, modernize AHCCCS (the health care system for the poor). All of those solutions save billions of dollars."

Maricopa County Recorder Helen Purcell did not expect a large turnout in the election, which has only the tax hike on the ballot in most precincts. Some ballots included local issues.
"I think, overall, we're going to have about a 30-percent turnout," Purcell said, "could be as high as 35."
That's not bad, she said, when compared to many elections outside of the November general election.

"Since we usually see, on these jurisdictional elections, someplace in the neighborhood of 15 to 20 percent turnout, I think 30 to 35 percent is very good," Purcell said. "I hate to see it that low, but for this type of election I think that's good."

Purcell said 67 percent of early-voting ballots had been returned as of Monday. She said people who obtained early ballots and are dropping them off at polling places or the recorder's office should remember to sign them.

Purcell also said there are fewer polling places and voters may find they are voting at a different location.

Polls close at 7 p.m.

The sales tax hike is aimed at raising about $1 billion for each of the next three years, with two-thirds of the revenue earmarked for education and the remaining one-third for public safety and health and human services

State Treasurer: Budget Deficit is Getting Worse


He also says if he's elected governor, his top priority would be to order National Guard troops to the border.

Arizona state treasurer Dean Martin's latest update on the state's fiscal situation isn't encouraging. Martin told reporters on Thursday that the state treasury is likely to end the fiscal year on June 30th with a deficit of between $75 and $150 million, despite a requirement in the state Constitution that the budget be balanced. It would be the second annual state budget deficit in a row.

Martin says while the recession has caused an approx. 30% drop in state tax revenues, spending has actually increased slightly since the recession began. While there have been spending cuts in many state agencies, he says those have been offset by spending increases on other programs. He says much of the deficit has been made up by one-time revenue boosts, such as accounting tricks, and the sale of the State Capitol, other state buildings, and the state lottery. Those revenue-raising options won't be available in future years.

Because of the ongoing, and growing, deficit, Martin says the state has issued $87 billion in IOUs since the start of the fiscal year. Most of those have gone to other state agencies that have lent money to the general fund (which is out of money), and to the banks which lend to the state. Martin said more IOUs will likely be needed in the 2011 fiscal year – which starts July 1 – and that some of those IOUs may have to be issued to the public.

He added that if one or both of the upcoming referenda on increasing state revenues fail, the deficit will get even worse, requiring even deeper cuts in state services. A one-cent sales tax increase will be decided by voters on May 18th, and a one-time "sweep" of some voter-approved programs will be on the ballot in November.

Asked whether state tax revenues could be affected by the ongoing calls for boycotts of Arizona as a result of the passage of Senate Bill 1070 – the state's new immigration enforcement law – Martin acknowledged that "there could be an impact."

Martin – who is running in the Republican primary for governor – criticized Gov. Jan Brewer for waiting several days after passage to sign SB 1070 into law. He said that allowed time for groups opposed to the bill to organize protests as the signing deadline approached. He says those protests have helped to fuel the "national hysteria" in opposition to the new law.

Martin said that while he supports SB 1070, it does nothing to secure the border with Mexico. He said Gov. Brewer, or her predecessor, Gov. Janet Napolitano, should have ordered National Guard troops to the border to supplement the Border Patrol. Martin says if he's elected governor, one of his top priorities will be to send Guardsmen to the border in sufficient numbers to effectively seal the border, even if the state has to foot the bill by itself, rather than relying on federal funding as would be the case if the President orders the Guard to such a mission.

He said that would probably mean a force of 2,500-3,000 troops to cover the entire border 24 hours a day, a move which would likely cost millions of dollars. However, he said it will be even more expensive to do nothing, which is what is happening now.

Martin cautioned that by law, Guard members would not have authority to arrest anyone for crossing the border illegally. However, they could hold such offenders for the Border Patrol. He added that having many armed Guard members at the border would go a long way toward discouraging border crossers.

Treasurer Dean Martin to Vote on Prop 100 Tomorrow 7am

For Immediate Release Director of Communications:
May 17, 2010 Tim Gaffney 602-810-4715

Tomorrow at 7am State Treasurer Dean Martin will cast his vote on the controversial Prop 100 to raise taxes.

Treasurer Martin will be voting at his local polling location and will be available to answer questions afterwards.

Facility Address: 22801 N 22ND ST, PHOENIX 85024

Treasurer Dean Martin: "Goddard & Brewer’s plan ‘Tax and Spending to Prosperity’ will not work"

For Immediate Release Director of Communications:
May 17, 2010 Tim Gaffney 602-810-4715

"Quit Playing Games with our Kids & Protect our Economy, Pass a Fear Free Budget"
State Treasurer Dean Martin criticized Terry Goddard’s belated support for a Prop 100 sales tax increase today. “No jobs, just tax increases is the only plan coming from the Governor & Attorney General these days and it should be rejected.”


Treasurer Dean Martin said, "This administration has repeatedly used scare tactics to try and pass this tax increase. Teachers and students should never have been put at risk to help motivate passage of this tax proposal. The economy is very weak, and a tax increase will hamper any economic recovery. Targeting education cuts to motivate voters is outrageous and will not stand. If Prop 100 fails the Governor and legislature will be forced to come back into special session and pass a reasonable, “fear free” budget.”

“We need an energetic new Governor with new ideas. Recently, I outlined a modernization plan for our state Medicaid program that can save the taxpayers over $1 billion a year, as well as a debt restructuring proposal that uses historic low interest rates to save taxpayers an additional $1.4 billion." Martin continued, “I have a plan that could bring the state’s budget into balance without a historic tax increase, and allow this state to pass a very much needed Jobs Recovery package. We can protect teachers and classrooms without a tax increase and without sacrificing jobs.”

"Terry Goddard has offered few ideas of how to reform state government finances during this crisis, it is not surprising that he would support a taxpayer bailout to prop up unsustainable spending levels," Martin said.

Martin continued, “The problem with Goddard’s contingent support of Prop 100, which he threatened to withhold if a Jobs Recovery package moved forward in the Legislature, is that he has offered no specific ideas on how we will replace the 300,000 plus jobs that have been lost since the recession began.”

“What’s worse is that Governor Jan Brewer took the bait and killed any efforts to for a Jobs Recovery package to pass this year. She chose a so called ‘temporary’ tax increase over creating new jobs. Creating jobs should have been the priority, it is a better and more permanent solution to this economic crisis.” Treasurer Dean Martin continued, “It’s one thing to take pot shots at business tax relief to make our state more competitive, but they have no real solutions to help the small business entrepreneur. How do they propose we get the roughly 10% of our citizens back to work? Their only solution seems to be continued deficit spending and protecting a bloated government bureaucracy.”

Treasurer Dean Martin continued, “We need a Governor who understands that Government needs to make the same kinds of belt tightening measures that all households have during this crisis. Since this recession began State spending has actually INCREASED by $300 million."

Treasurer Martin in the New York Times

Published on May 5th, 2010

Dean Martin’s innovative solutions in the New York Times – “repackage the state’s debt as bonds and use some of the proceeds to buy back the buildings.”


Read the Article Here


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