2016 legislative agenda: Protecting our civil liberties and curbing government power

To be effective in today’s world it is important we work at all levels of government to protect our quality and way of life. At the local level, I have been working with the Town of Paradise Valley, Tempe, Chandler, and the Kyrene and Madison School Districts on joint issues impacting our quality of life. […]

DiCiccio: rate tax hike for higher wages not better infrastructure

The new $15.3 million water tax increase is a scam that’s been tried before. You are being told that this new tax increase is for infrastructure, which is not true. The new increase is going to pay for higher compensation for government union employees. Here are the facts: The total compensation per employee in the […]

City of Phoenix affordable housing — profits on poor

City built affordable housing is anything but affordable for taxpayers and profits off of the poor. The goal of the program has always been to provide housing for those who are in need. Through the years, however, it became a way to take money from those in need and stripping taxpayers of hard earned monies. For example, across from the Biltmore, the most expensive luxury apartment complex ever sold in the private sector was located at 26th Street and Camelback Road for $277,000 a unit.

Gig speeds benefit Phoenix; having two providers is great, but three is better

Internet speeds are available that are 100 times faster than what the average household in America has today. We, in the city of Phoenix, are very fortunate to have two local telecommunication providers – Cox Communications and CenturyLink – bringing gig speeds to our neighborhoods and businesses. Now, the city of Phoenix has approved a third provider: Google Fiber. There is growing evidence in communities around the country where gig speeds are available today, that access to these super-fast Internet speeds is having a positive economic impact and creating a key quality of life advantage that is attracting businesses and people to move to and invest in those communities. I recently read that Chattanooga, a city with gig speed availability, has attracted new employers such as Volkswagen and Amazon.

Why are Phoenix politicians following the path of Greece?

Recently, I voted against the City of Phoenix budget because I see the same things surrounding Greece happening right here in Phoenix. Mayor Stanton and others pushed a budget to garner favor from the government unions (in an election year) that uses debt to pay for debt. In simple terms, using a credit card to pay for a mortgage. Here is what the union controlled mayor/council gave out:

DiCiccio: Vote ‘No’ on Proposition 104 this August

If you support quality education, you must vote “no” on the transit proposal or Proposition 104 this August. According to Phoenix staff, light rail will cost $161 Million per mile. The $31.5 Billion tax will take needed monies away from education and other higher priorities. The same politicians and insiders who brought you the failed […]