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Fri May 21, 2021, 10:29 PM

Just published my campaign website for Arizona LD4 House run against Odious Joel John

I am waiting to get my Act Blue account notice from Act Blue, then I will embed that.

I am sorry if it seems a bit amateurish now. I am doing it myself and my campaign can't afford a professional website as yet.

https://katzforhouse.org/

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Reply Just published my campaign website for Arizona LD4 House run against Odious Joel John (Original post)
AZLD4Candidate May 21 OP
MLAA May 21 #1
AZLD4Candidate May 22 #7
drray23 May 21 #2
AZLD4Candidate May 22 #6
drray23 May 22 #9
AZLD4Candidate May 22 #10
PortTack May 21 #3
AZLD4Candidate May 21 #5
Deuxcents May 21 #4
AZLD4Candidate May 22 #13
wackadoo wabbit May 22 #8
AZLD4Candidate May 22 #11
wackadoo wabbit May 22 #12
flying rabbit May 23 #14

Response to AZLD4Candidate (Original post)

Fri May 21, 2021, 10:51 PM

1. Best of luck!

Iíll donate when you get Act Blue going.

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Response to MLAA (Reply #1)

Sat May 22, 2021, 12:11 AM

7. I submitted tonight. ActBlue said it would take one to two business days.

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Response to AZLD4Candidate (Original post)

Fri May 21, 2021, 10:53 PM

2. very good, I do have a few comments on your positions.


Regarding immigration,

Only the federal government can determine the immigration status of a person. Employers are obligated to make use of the
federal system (E-VERIFY) to do so.

I do not believe states can do what you are proposing since it is not a power of a state to enforce immigration laws. I may be wrong, its something you probably want to research carefully.

I will propose legislation empowering the Arizona DES to audit businesses to determine the eligibility to work legally of all employees.



I very much like your proposal on police reform. It is well articulated and strong.

Regarding your tax proposal. I am not convinced that cutting taxes to businesses (especially all the way to zero) is the way to attract companies to relocate and create jobs. Businesses do not hire people because of low taxes, they hire people if they have a need to do so.

Companies do not easily relocate unless a lot of other factors are favorable to them, not just the tax climate. For example, you assertion that people will move where jobs are is not always true. As a matter of fact, this is often a big issue for companies. The bigger ones work with the local universities to fund and support vocational training or other programs geared towards educating people with the skills they need. A good example is high tech companies. They usually are located near areas with a concentration of
educated people (by educated, I mean university trained) like the bay area, Boston, the research triangle near Raleigh in NC ,etc... because thats how they get the bulk of their workforce and collaborations with local universities.


Countless localities elsewhere in the country have tried this approach of cutting business taxes and this ended up resulting in huge tax breaks for companies with not much to show for it in terms of hiring or stimulating the economy. A famous case for that would be FoxConn:

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2019-02-06/inside-wisconsin-s-disastrous-4-5-billion-deal-with-foxconn

which was given huge tax breaks but never delivered. Shifting the tax burden to individuals, as you are proposing will result in a regressive tax.

Anyhow, this needs to be looked at carefully because you will be questioned on this without a doubt.

In any case, I applaud your motivation to run and wish you success.







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Response to drray23 (Reply #2)

Sat May 22, 2021, 12:11 AM

6. I will respond one by one:

Immigration: The idea is to go punish those that exploit and take advantage of the undocumented worker. At the state level, I already say there is nothing we can do.

But, since my district is directly at the border with three border crossing, this is a huge issue. Too many times I have heard people say "if we would only go after those that take advantage of these people, the problem would be solved." No where in my proposal to I say I want undocumented workers deported or punished. . .far from it. But those that show up in pickup trucks in Somerton, South Tucson, and Sasabe saying "who wants to build a house today" need to be reigned in hard. They are off the books employers that treat undocumented workers like slave, pay them terribly, and, if the worker complains, runs to ICE and "La Migra" at the drop of a hat while walking away scot-free. This is unacceptable.

We have the ability to do it through a payroll tax audit, which would be auditing the state unemployment tax paperwork all businesses are required to submit to the State. To pay that tax, one must have an I9 form. If employees are working without that form, which Arizona auditors can and are legally allowed to ask for, the employer is instantly nabbed and fines (heavy) are imposed. If the employer does not pay those fines after 90 days, they are now personally put on the business owner. If it's someone like Walmart, you can audit the Nexus and fine the physical location. With Arizona Nexus, the business in Arizona is subject to Arizona law. If Walmart didn't pay, we would follow the Trust Fund Recovery Penalty of IRS Code 6679.

Tax policy: I've had three CPAs and seven EAs run numbers. Based on Arizona's budget and taxation policy, this is how they would propose to do it. Arizona has too much consumption tax (we fund our schools partially with cigarette taxes, then education people not to vote).

Corporate Taxes in Arizona are 15% of the budget. I recommend shifting that as a surcharge, making the AZ income tax rate 3.5% which is still one of the lowest in the country, as well as putting into place taxes that can be claimed on a federal 1040. The concept is to increase the pot.

In Wisconsin, Scott Walker and Donald Trump made a deal with Foxconn and Foxconn reneged on it. Trump bargained away state tax breaks. I'm talking doing it permanently and sensibly, not what Walker and Trump did, which was idiotic at best.

Arizona has three major universities, and mine is so deep into the space program, the Mars helicopter wouldn't exist without it. Arizona has the infrastructure with two major interstate transcontinental highways, two major intercontinental railroad lines, and an airport in Maricopa County that is expanding exponentially. UA (mine) and ASU are both world class high tech universities. People aren't born smart, so my tax proposal will increase the pot for the education budget so people here can stop saying "hooray for Mississippi."

I hope I clarified.

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Response to AZLD4Candidate (Reply #6)

Sat May 22, 2021, 12:23 AM

9. that does clarify it a lot.

Especially the immigration part. You are not proposing to enforce immigration laws (which states cant do) but instead use the Arizona tax code to make sure companies are paying taxes for each employee and hence, can not by definition have people who are not legally allowed to work. Thats clever and is a great idea.

On the tax part, I can see you clearly researched the issues and tailored it to the specific situation in Arizona (My wife is an ASU graduate) . Maybe another opportunity that Arizona could use is develop the solar industry. Large swaths of the Arizona desert could be instrumented with solar panels and that would power a huge part of the state.

As a matter of fact, if one could (not realistic right now but not impossible in the future if we also solve grid issues) cover the size of the Mojave desert with solar panels (about 22,000 square km) it would power the entire United States.. So a much smaller area could provide a lot of power for Arizona.



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Response to drray23 (Reply #9)

Sat May 22, 2021, 12:38 AM

10. Davis Monthan AFB in Tucson is 100% solar

My parents went solar.

If my tax plan is done, we bring those jobs here. The mirror lab at the UA would be an excellent place to develop that technology.

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Response to AZLD4Candidate (Original post)

Fri May 21, 2021, 10:58 PM

3. Kudos to you!! If you have a twitter account, post it here. You'll for sure get some followers

Wishing you the best...and most of all a win. Donít let the crazies get you down..for sure youíve got friends and an ear to listen here on DU!!

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Response to PortTack (Reply #3)

Fri May 21, 2021, 11:33 PM

5. I do

It's linked on the site, but

https://twitter.com/KatzForAZ

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Response to AZLD4Candidate (Original post)

Fri May 21, 2021, 11:21 PM

4. Best wishes

Keep us posted

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Response to Deuxcents (Reply #4)

Sat May 22, 2021, 03:56 PM

13. Thanks. My opponent is well funded and well entrenched. He also has mining and agribusiness

support, so this will be an uphill battle in a district that is 56% Democratic. He barely beat an incumbent in 2020 by less than 3%, so he is vulnerable.

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Response to AZLD4Candidate (Original post)

Sat May 22, 2021, 12:18 AM

8. Good luck! I wish you all the best and hope that you wipe the floor with John

I wish I could sign your petition, but, unfortunately, I don't live in LD4.

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Response to wackadoo wabbit (Reply #8)

Sat May 22, 2021, 12:52 AM

11. Not to sound like a typical politician since I'm not (I'm a teacher and a writer), but. . .

you can always contribute when ActBlue finishes processing me (hint, hint, nudge, nudge, say no more).

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Response to AZLD4Candidate (Reply #11)

Sat May 22, 2021, 01:00 AM

12. Absolutely! Will do /nt

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Response to AZLD4Candidate (Original post)

Sun May 23, 2021, 09:59 PM

14. K&R nt

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