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July 2022

Self government

Declaration of Autonomy | Journal-news

Stephen Fedoriw

Berkeley Springs

The Declaration of Independence

We remember this day of July 4, 1776 as a day of fireworks and family celebrations, and that is very good. But as we examine the events of our country of our founding fathers and their writings, we begin to grasp the sacrifice they made of their “lives, fortunes and sacred honor”. And this sacrifice was made for the generations that will follow them. Historians marvel at how America improved law and order during and after the Revolutionary War.

Many other countries after enduring a revolution are wrecked and in disarray. Yet within 35 years America had already begun to rival Britain as the largest country in the world. Our Declaration of Independence indicates the origin of American laws. And yet, our founders understood that good laws are beneficial, good men are better. It is for this reason that our founders emphasized that men of high morality, who knew how to govern themselves, were a benefit to society.

James Madison, the father of the Constitution said, “We have staked the whole future of American civilization, not on the power of government, far from it. We have staked the future of all of our political institutions on the ability of each of us to govern, control and sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God.

Robert Charles Winthrop, Speaker of the House of Representatives, 1847-1849, said, “All society must be governed one way or another. The less strict state government they have, the more individual autonomy they must have. The less public or physical right they have, the more they must rely on private moral coercion. Men, in a word, must necessarily be controlled either by a power within them or by a power outside them; either by the word of God, or by the strong arm of men; either by the Bible or by the bayonet.

Our Founding Fathers witnessed the disorder of moral anarchy that the French Revolution brought, with its riots, looters and the burning of its churches. The French abandoned ethics and moral boundaries, which led to the establishment of a military dictator.

Read our Declaration of Independence, examine these words of wisdom, and see that it is moral self-reliance that America needs, not anarchy, rioters, and racial looters. Because our country has disarmed our churches, we are left powerless in the face of mass shootings. As Charles Winthrop said, “Either by the Bible or by the bayonet.”

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Home rule

Home rule, inflation and a peek into outer space – Orlando Sentinel

Joanie Schirm, founding chair of the GEC; Orlando 1994 World Cup Committee Chairman

Last week: CONGRATULATIONS TO NASA: Growing up in Melbourne during the birth of the space age, I closely followed the evolution of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration established in 1958. Emphasizing the peaceful applications of space science, NASA is focused on better understanding our Earth, exploring our Milky Way to unseen galaxies. Stunning first views from the James Webb Space Telescope research mission are already advancing our knowledge of the Big Bang and the birth and death of stars. Coming full circle in his stellar life, Melbourne native, former senator, astronaut and now NASA Administrator Bill Nelson hailed NASA’s greatest achievement in decades, acknowledging the global science team that made it possible .

Look forward: GOOD LUCK, LEE: Congratulations to the Florida Counties Association, representing Florida’s 67 counties in the Legislative Assembly and the Governor’s Office, for selecting Lee Constantine of Seminole County as President. For two decades, Constantine served the Seminole County Commission after serving as a state representative and senator. His passion for the environment is well known. Its dedicated support for “home rule” allows local citizens to retain the maximum opportunity to contribute to the policies, laws and decisions that affect our daily lives. The current overreach of the GOP-led Legislature and Governor has shown that they want to take power, giving us less freedom to govern locally. Good luck, Lee.

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Home rule

Early voting underway for mayor, 3 council seats, home rule measure in Chandler

The first ballots have been mailed for the primary election for Mayor and City Council in Chandler.

Ballots for Chandler’s Aug. 2 primary election for mayor, three council seats and a proposal for how the city can spend its money were mailed Wednesday, July 6 to voters who turned out. registered on the active early voting list.

A second round of elections would take place on November 8, if necessary.

MAYOR

Kevin Hartke
Ruth Jones

Mayor Kevin Hartke is seeking a second term, opposed by Ruth Jones.

Hartke, 66 and a resident of Chandler for 37 years, is an associate pastor at Trinity Christian Fellowship. He joined the city council in 2008 and served two full terms before being elected mayor in 2018.

Jones, 55, a mortgage loan officer, has lived in Chandler for two years.

MUNICIPAL COUNCIL

Matt Orlando
Encinas Angel
Darla Gonzalez
Jane Poston
Farhana Shifa

Five candidates are vying for three seats on the Council. Council members Terry Roe and Rene Lopez, as two-term members, are appointed and must step down. Incumbent Matt Orlando is up for re-election.

Orlando, 66 and a resident of the city for 38 years, is challenged by Angel Encinas, Darla Gonzalez, Jane Poston and Farhana Shifa.

Encinas works with community members to provide legal status, employment opportunities, housing, and community services.

Gonzalez, 56 and a resident of Chandler for 18 years, is self-employed with Gonzalez Professional Services and is the local director of the Az Free Enterprise Club.

Poston, 53 and a resident of the city for 13 years, owner/partner of J2 Media and former employee of the Chandler Public Information Office.

Shifa, 46 and a resident of Chandler for 16 years, owns The Joy of Fine Arts.

Prop. 470, Home Rule

Proposition 470, the alternative option of spending restraint and autonomy, is put to voters by the city council, asking for a four-year extension of a measure that voters first approved in 1982 and which allows the council to establish the budget according to the specificities of the city. needs in general government, public safety, public works, and utilities, rather than being constrained by the state-mandated spending formula based on the 1979-80 fiscal year established by the Arizona Legislature . It wouldn’t raise taxes or allow Chandler to spend more than he receives in income.

Chandler voters have endorsed Home Rule for local budget control 10 times in a row.

If approved, Chandler estimates he would be allowed to spend approximately $766,205,118 in 2023-24 (limited to $543,443,438 if Home Rule is not approved), $734,813,629 in 2024-25 ($578,389,413 if not approved), $739,234,393 in 2025-26 ($575,701,116 if not). approved) and $745,992,632 in 2026-2027 ($587,398,668 if not approved).

If the measure fails, the revenue would still be collected, but the city would be prevented from applying it to essential functions, such as police, fire, streets, parks and libraries. This, the city says, would force it to make drastic cuts to essential services, impacting its ability to meet residents’ basic needs.

The recommended last day to return a ballot is Tuesday, July 26. Ballots can also be dropped off at polling centers or ballot boxes until 7 p.m. on Tuesday, August 2.

Chandler City Hall, 175 S. Arizona Ave., will serve as the voting center Friday, July 22 through Monday, August 1, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

On Election Day, Aug. 2, voters can vote in person or drop off a ballot from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Complete list of voting centers and ballot boxes: locations.maricopa.vote.

Independent voters or voters not registered with a political party can participate in the primary election. They can choose which ballot to receive: the Democratic race, the Republican race, or voting on Chandler’s questions only. The city’s measures will appear on the ballot of both political parties. Independent voters can call Maricopa County Elections at 602-506-1511 to find out how to request a ballot.

Chandler primary election information: chandleraz.gov/elections, City Clerk at 480-782-2181 or Maricopa County Elections at 602-506-1511.

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Sovereignty

INDIAN DEMAND FOR AUTONOMY: The Tribune India

The Manchester Guardian has done a service of equal value to India and the Empire by sending a special correspondent to that country on a fact-finding mission. The two articles which the correspondent has hitherto contributed to the paper, and extracts from which have now been received in this country, show that he has taken great pains to see men of all shades of view, and to obtain them expressions of opinion. regarding the current situation in India which can be considered fairly representative. In his second letter he says that he has spoken to a few journalists and politicians in Bombay, some of them co-operators and some non-co-operators, and when he asks them what the English government should do, all said India did not want to get what the British thought good of her, but wanted to be allowed to decide for herself what she needed. They suggested a round table, at which all classes and interests in India should be represented, and at which officials should be present to provide information. In our view, this statement of the Indian position requires modification. The Conference should follow and not precede a decision by the British statesman to let India become mistress of her own house, within a time to be specified with her consent, and to grant her a full measure of responsible government, including provincial and fiscal autonomy. freedom, insofar as it may be deemed possible in the circumstances. This is perhaps precisely what the correspondent himself means when he says: – “Asked about what the Conference is likely to propose, most of them, including some non-cooperators, answer: “Autonomy is not immediate and complete. .’ They recognize the need for a transition period, which some estimate at five years, but most at ten years. Few are willing to consider a longer transition period.

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Home rule

Colorado self-governing municipalities sue state over sales tax exemption law

On Friday, five self-governing municipalities sued the state of Colorado over a new law they say imposes state control over their taxing authority.

“The power to collect sales and use taxes to generate revenue is at the heart of self-governing municipalities and a core function of municipal operations,” Denver City Attorney Kristin Bronson said in a statement. “HB 22-1024 illegally infringes on the Constitution of Colorado, and residents of self-governing municipalities have the full right of autonomy in local and municipal affairs.”

Besides Denver, the plaintiffs are Boulder, Commerce City, Pueblo and Westminster.

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The state and some local governments exempt construction and building materials related to public schools, among other public works, from sales and use taxes. The new law in question, which Gov. Jared Polis signed in April, extended the exemption from collecting sales tax for construction materials from public schools to self-governing cities. Prior to the law, self-governing cities could still levy sales and use taxes on these building materials.

“For decades, self-governing cities in Colorado have wielded this power to levy and collect sales and use taxes on goods and services, regardless of whether the state levies or collects sales and use taxes. of use on the same goods and services,” the complaint reads.

Denver collects about $2 million to $4 million a year in these taxes, according to the lawsuit filed in Denver District Court. Pueblo raises between $3 million and $4 million per year and Commerce City raises about $1.5 million per year.

The plaintiffs argue that the law, which goes into effect Aug. 10, violates the state Constitution and that the state legislature cannot prevent self-governing municipalities from exercising their taxing power. They are asking for a court order that will stop the law from going into effect.

2022-06-30 16-24-30 Complaint

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