Married (41 years), 3 children, 5 grandchildren
University of Arizona (Bear Down!) BA - Speech Communication
Self Employed since 1983
Previous public office
State Representative, District 10
I have very diverse life, business and family experiences. I work well with others and work objectively to solve common problems that face people, all people, without an agenda. I seek out the facts and discuss issues with other educated and involved people to determine the best course of action. I am a successful small business owner and have survived all of the economic ups and downs in Arizona and Tucson for over 38 years, learning to adjust and adapt to the needs of the times. I have been a resident of Tucson and my district for over 47 years. I am committed to serving all of my constituents regardless of party, gender, age, lifestyle, ethnicity or faith and I have proven this with bi-partisan Town Halls regularly throughout the 53rd Legislature. I have accomplished a lot in my first term, but have much more to address and accomplish in the 54th Legislature.
I voted for it, with some reluctance; but am cautiously optimistic, based on the information that was given to us by financial professionals - the JLBC (Joint Legislative Budget Council). Although I am greatly in favor of increasing out teachers salaries, I would have preferred a plan that was briefly discussed by our legislative body dubbed 21 by 2021 - giving us an additional year to assure the economic stability necessary to assure the funding.
Obviously we need to expand our tax base so we do not have the need to raise taxes. Arizona faces many financial needs that are currently beyond our ability to rectify as quickly as we would prefer. Infrastructure, retirement systems for our first responders and state employees are just a few. We need to review tax incentives, breaks and credits across the board to determine if there is a need or potential for reducing or eliminating some. We also need to consider industries that made Arizona great in years gone by, such as mining - copper (and other materials), coal etc. We could improve our income with more lumber leases while also protecting our forests. I put in a bill to legalize adult use of cannabis which could easily generate $300 million or more each year that could be used to address many of these issues. Creative, out of the box thinking is what will build Arizona further, all of Arizona, not just a few municipalities.
No. I like the concept of Charter Schools and what they provide for the student and parents. However, I do believe there is not enough oversight or equal expectation of standards for those students. We also need to consider the differences in the financial aspect of charter school funding compared to public school funding. There is a place for each, but there needs to be better balance.
I would be willing to have open discussion about these particular topics, However, I am not convinced that additional laws, or banning any particular firearm or component would change the situation we face with violence in society today. We already have laws that reduce or restrict the ability for certain people to have weapons. And, we already have laws that address assault and murder. The real discussion should be to evaluate mental health issues and the decay of society, respect for each other and respect for human life.
Schools should definitely be secure and safe for all...so should movie theaters, restaurants and concerts. We need to assure that our schools are safe by using updated technology and better infrastructure - doors, windows etc. There are numerous options to be considered by the individual school district leaders and all districts have different needs and applications - common sense, awareness training and a plan for swift response should be implemented and funding needs to be considered.
I would like to see taxes reduced on individuals and businesses; income tax and sales tax, however, I would also like to see the revenues maintained and or increased - to do that we need to expand the tax base. We need to build the economy and have more "players" in the field. There are many in the state who pay little or nothing in taxes to the state as they live below the poverty level. We need to get them off of the doles and into a job that will sustain them and put them on the tax rolls. We need industry to come to Arizona that will pay good wages, from those people spend money on houses, cars, furniture, eating out and the like. Achieving the balance of tax cuts and credits and loss of services and support versus increased taxes to cover the costs is the real challenge and takes a steady hand in the effort.
Yes. I can give you 300 million reasons, annually. People use many different types of stimulants and depressants legally (and illegally). Alcohol and tobacco are available legally and can cause greater harm than cannabis to the human body, yet they are not illegal - controlled, to a degree, but legal none the less. The tax dollars gained on these products is staggering yet we take another product that can be used responsibly and make it illegal. With justice reform, we can also reduce costs to our prison system which also creates a financial "gain" to our state coffers.
Yes. I am pro-life, but also reluctant to impose laws that restrict a woman's choice. However, limitations and requirements for full disclosure to potential abortion recipients is not a restriction, it is intended to increase the information available and counseling options for better consideration of the choice about to be made. Faith, culture, family and the woman herself should make the final decision, but, Government should not be in the business of funding such choices - the argument of morality demands that.
Although Arizona is a world leader in water management, population growth should be a consideration of water consumption in Arizona. Simply put, people consume water, in numerous ways, directly and indirectly. The more people who come to Arizona, the more water will be consumed and in drought conditions, this could be catastrophic. Waste of water resources should be penalized and conservation promoted. Arizona could and should be an international leader in industry by developing water recycling systems.
No. Some things should be left entirely to the individual(s) who owns the business, they have a choice too. I do not understand why anyone would patronize a business that discriminates in the first place. The best practice is to boycott and not support that business. Everyone has a choice with that scenario. I personally know of no business that discriminates against any of these identified or any other based on color or creed.
Yes. See above.
The best thing the legislature can do is to stay out of the way and allow the free market to work. Walking the tax credit, tax incentive tightrope and finding the best balance is what needs to be addressed from time to time. The government needs money to operate, but should be frugal and we should have an appropriate amount of government; no less, no more. More industry, more jobs . . . broader tax base.
I support this Proposition. Let the people speak on the matter.
Illegal entry into the United States needs to be stopped and whatever role Arizona can play in this process should be considered, although it is primarily a federal issue. Arizona could utilize the AZ National Guard, with collaboration, support and funding from the Federal Government. Arizona has a great trade relationship with Mexico and we are very dependent upon each other. I think Arizona should work with the federal government to develop a guest worker program that would be exclusive to Arizona in the experimental stage. It would allow a simpler method for legal passage of guest workers to commute back and forth from Arizona to Mexico; this would benefit border industries, agriculture and tourism. If successful, it could be implemented in other border states.
Sustainable revenue sources and common sense options.
Unity and common sense. The truth is that we all want the same things - good schools, good jobs, opportunity, prosperity, low taxes and freedom. The argument is the path to achievement. Partisanship and animosity is killing our ability to get things done. Although it is just the extremists and special interest groups that are the instigators and promoters, the rest of the populace has thrown their hands up in despair wondering when it will end and when people will work together to solve the real problems. Democrats want to beat Republicans and Republicans want to beat Democrats, just because each team wants to win, regardless of the issue(s). In this game, everyone loses - mostly the citizens.
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Domingo DeGrazia and his wife, Mari, reside in Tucson. Domingo's father was the artist, Ted DeGrazia. His mother is a former teacher.
I hold a law degree, a master of science in Aeronautical Science, and bachelor's degree in Aerospace Studies. I graduated from Cholla high school and attended Pima College.
Domingo DeGrazia has been an attorney since 2005 working in CPS and foster care cases.
Previous public office
I am the best candidate for the Arizona House of Representatives because I understand Arizona law, I know what changes need to be made and the best way to make them. I grew up in Tucson and have spent most of my life in Arizona. For twelve years I have been practicing law in the CPS / foster care system. I understand how changes in our statutes and budget directly effect children and families and how those changes sometimes have unintended consequences. I understand how education, health care, family supports, and job growth are interconnected and are critical to providing a safe environment for kids.
I support increased pay for educators. The 2018 teacher pay raise was a good start to achieving fair compensation for educators. However, public education has been underfunded for more than a decade and the current funding measures do not fully address the issue. At a minimum, Arizona should be at the national average for teacher pay and establish a dedicated funding source.
Arizona's public schools should be fully funded. Growing Arizona's economy while reviewing expenditures and incentives in the current budget are necessary steps to ensure our law and policy will further Arizona values and benefit people in Arizona.
Tax payer funded charter schools should be held to the same transparency and accountability standards as other publicly funded schools. Proactive monitoring and accountability are a must to ensure tax payer dollars are spent appropriately. Charter schools must meet the same certification and training standards for teachers as public schools, and be required to accept and teach all students.
Arizona should work proactively to implement common sense gun laws that provide greater protection for our communities and ensure the rights and protections of the Second Amendment remain intact.
On the issue of school shooting prevention, Arizona should support schools and law enforcement in developing methods to identify concerning behaviors in students and intervene before shootings happen. Arizona should incentivize proper storage of guns such that minors do not have access to guns.
The state government should act whenever it can lower burdens on its citizen while balancing the need to invest in Arizona values. Raising taxes, lowering taxes or giving tax incentives should be done on a case-by-case basis.
I support bipartisan efforts to legalize marijuana for personal use. Arizonan's voted on, and passed, laws to legalize medical marijuana in 1996 and again in 2010. Arizona voters should have the opportunity to decide whether recreational marijuana is right for our State.
The Arizona government should leave discussions of abortion to women and their doctors. Increasing restrictions on providers and clinics intrudes on privacy rights.
Arizona should encourage low water use by individuals and businesses and create standards for new commercial and residential development that reflects current data on water resources.
I support laws that ban discrimination in LGBT in public accommodations.
I support laws the prevent businesses from denying service based on religion.
Investment in infrastructure and public education will benefit Arizona for decades to come. Arizona should invest in long-term projects that capitalize on our climate, geography and talent.
I oppose expansion of the Empowerment Scholarship Account program.
I support repeal of the 2017 expansion of the Empowerment Scholarship Account.
Arizona should ensure that people who have complied with US immigration policy, or are properly seeking asylum, are treated fairly and humanely.
The Arizona legislature must ensure a thorough, expedient, investigation process for claims of sexual harassment and act appropriately to sanction those found in violation as well as any who abuse the system.
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The greatest threat to Arizonan's future is the State governments continual engagement in short-term fixes and failure to encourage growth by addressing deficiencies in education, infrastructure, the environment and clean energy.
The state should accept the $56 million in federal aid for child-care costs. Failing to do so deprives working families of an opportunity to better their lives.
The state has a responsibility to support kinship foster placements in the same way as other foster parents. The goal is to give children the best chance at success. Supporting kinship placement is one way to prevent that placement from disrupting and forcing the child/children into non-relative foster care.
Husband, Scott Saleska, daughter, Helene Saleska
BA, Brown University
JD, Northwestern U. School of Law
2005 – present: Professor, University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law;
2001 – 2004: Senior Counsel, Massachusetts Office of Attorney General;
2000- 2001: Acting Chief, Environmental Protection Division, Massachusetts Office of Attorney General;
1992 – 2000: Associate Professor, Tulane Law School.
Previous public office
2017-18, Representative, Arizona House of Representatives, LD10
No. I opposed the plan because it is inadequate and failed to provide permanent funding for our chronically underfunded public schools. The plan fails to return K-12 funding to even pre-recession levels and, as a result, per pupil funding and teacher salaries in Arizona will remain at the bottom of national rankings. The plan also failed to include raises for personnel vital to a school's mission to educate children such as reading aides, librarians and counselors. Finally, the plan relies upon eliminating state support for federal court-ordered desegregation costs in districts subject to such costs. Thus, as a direct result of the plan, homeowners within the Tucson Unified School District could see large increases in their property taxes. The Governor and the Republican majority could have provided all school personnel with a meaningful raise and fully fund the State Facilities Board had they considered the many options for raising revenues suggested by the Democrats.
I support the Invest in Education initiative that will be on the November ballot as a fair, equitable and necessary mechanism to raise needed revenues for education through a return to prior higher income tax rates for Arizona’s top earners. I would also favor closing just some of the 333 sales tax loopholes that have been identified by the Arizona Department of Revenue that, in total, amount to $12.2 billion in revenues. We should also consider taxing certain services and the expanding market in digital goods. We should consider raising corporate income taxes that were lowered starting in 2011, as studies indicate that these reductions have not generated the benefits originally intended. Finally, I would favor an expansion of our taxing of online sales, now a legal option for states as a result of the Supreme Court’s Wayfair decision.
No. Arizona’s loose charter school laws is resulting in taxpayers enriching unscrupulous charter school founders. Not only does Arizona pay charter schools $2000 more per student than it does district schools, but it exempts charter schools from procurement rules applicable to district schools This enables operators to hire themselves and/or family members to provide services and materials to the schools without having to seek competitive bids, resulting in large profits for charter school operators at the expense of the Arizona taxpayer. Charter schools are public schools paid for with public money. They should have to operate according to the same rules of transparency and financial accountability as district schools.
Yes. Each of these are proven measures to reduce gun violence, each is permissible under the Second Amendment, and each is supported by large majorities in national polls.
We should take a public health approach to school shootings and institute preventive measures to remove hazards that contribute to gun violence. This means we prevent criminal, violent and immature persons from purchasing or possessing a gun by passing a universal background checks law applicable to private gun purchases and raising the minimum age to 21 for all gun purchases. We also reduce the violent potential of gun ownership by banning assault-style weapons. We should furthermore pass legislation authorizing Severe Threat Orders of Protection and we should provide funding to ensure all public schools have a sufficient number of psychologists and other counselors to identify potentially violent students and to eliminate behaviors that can contribute to violence on campus, such as bullying, discrimination and harassment.
At this time, we are in need of more revenues in our state budget. The RedforEd movement demonstrates that Arizonans are fed up with the underfunding of Arizona's public school system. Our state agencies now survive off of fees imposed on the very parties that they regulate, compromising their regulatory role. Thus I would generally not favor new tax cuts unless they are offset by a corresponding tax increase so as to render the tax cut revenue neutral.
Yes, the legalization of marijuana would enable the state to tax and regulate marijuana sales, would reduce the black market in marijuana sales and would save the state millions of dollars in prosecution and incarceration costs related to the current criminalization of marijuana possession and sale. Legalization should be accompanied by measures to limit access to persons under 21, minimize impaired driving, and provide education to persons related to marijuana use and to connect persons to drug treatment, if necessary. It is telling that the New York Health Department just issued a long-awaited report recommending the legalization of marijuana, citing the benefits of increased quality controls, consumer protections and tax revenues.
No. Abortion is a constitutional right. The choice to have an abortion should be one chosen by a woman with the consultation of her doctor. Not only do Arizona's restrictions undermine this right, but several have been invalidated by the courts, costing Arizona taxpayers thousands of dollars in legal fees. Moreover, a recent report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine finds that not only is abortion safe and effective in the United States, but laws mandating delays in a woman's ability to obtain the procedure, such as those required under Arizona laws, increase the health risk associated with abortion. If Arizonans wish to reduce the incidence of abortion, we should institute policies to reduce unwanted pregnancies. These would be providing greater access to contraceptives and providing comprehensive sex education for our young people in our schools. I favor both.
Due to the ongoing drought, Arizona is in danger of a shortage being declared on the Colorado River. Such a shortage would trigger mandatory cuts in Arizona's allocation of Colorado River water. This would first hurt our agricultural sector, but its impacts would spread throughout our economy and a continued shortage would mandate cuts to the water allocation of other sectors. Arizona should adopt a Drought Contingency Plan as well as a DCP "Plus" and should also end the ongoing feud between the Arizona Department of Water Resources and the Central Arizona Project. The DCP needs to include measures to incentivize various parties to store water behind Lake Mead and a mitigation plan for farmers that will lose water as a result of a declared shortage.
Yes, such a law is vital to respecting the dignity and equality of the lesbian, gan, bisexual and transgender community. Such discrimination should be banned in the same manner as we ban discrimination on the basis of race, gender, ethnicity or religion.
No. Such a law would permit discrimination on the basis of race, gender and sexual orientation and generates inequality. This is exactly the opposite direction of where we should be going in our society. Instead we should be working toward a more tolerant society. This is particularly important when it comes to persons engaged in providing public services and accommodations.
The number one thing that the legislature can do is adequately fund its system of public education, from K-12, to community colleges and its universities. Arizona is being held back by having a shortage of skilled workers and from having an education system consistently ranked at the bottom of all states in per pupil funding. This discourages businesses and families from locating in Arizona. In addition, the jobs of tomorrow will increasingly need a college education. We need to ensure that higher education is affordable for the working families in our state.
No. The expansion of ESAs takes needed taxpayer dollars out of our public schools and provides them to private and parochial schools. Not only does this shortchange our schools, but it also shortchanges our students. Studies show that the benefits of ESAs go primarily to the wealthy who can afford the high cost of private tuition. Even with an ESA, poor and middle class families cannot afford these high tuition costs. Rather than funding private schools, we should be putting that money into our public schools where all children will benefit from the investment.
I oppose Prop 305 and therefore favor the repeal of the 2017 state law that expanded the voucher program.
Arizona should not be sending its national guard troops to secure the border. Further militarization of the border is straining our relationship with Mexico and seems to be making little impact upon the migration of undocumented persons into Arizona. To the extend we need more security, such security should be paid for by the national government as national security is a benefit for all Americans.
No. The legislature should add a formal anti-harassment policy to the House rules which carry the force of law.
Yes, the need for greater protection of the state's environmental resources -- it's air and water -- and greater investment in clean energy to stimulate innovation and jobs and to reduce Arizona's contribution to climate change. I favor both.
Arizona's greatest threat is its continued control by the conservative wing of the Republican party which is failing to address Arizona's greatest needs through its anti-regulatory and tax-cutting policies.
Yes, the state should accept the $56 million in the future and we should have accepted it last year. This is entirely federal money already allocated to Arizona and does not require matching state dollars. Money for childcare is urgently needed; there is a positive correlation between cases of abuse and neglect and Arizona's lack of adequate funding for childcare for low-income families. Childcare is expensive. Low-income families have trouble affording childcare and this lack of childcare sets them back in being able to finish school, get a job and be good parents.
The state has an obligation to these kinship families. These families are not the parents or guardians of the children and often they are thrust into the position of taking a grandchild or niece of nephew with little or no warning. They are often not financially prepared to take on the responsibility of raising a child as they did not have the opportunity to save and plan for the financial obligations that accompany raising a child. There may be families that will take on the responsibility of raising a kin's child without needing financial assistance, but I think financial assistance is due to those who request such assistance. Research shows that children are happier and better adjusted when they are raised in kinship families. We should do what we can to make these family arrangements possible by supporting kinship families with the same monetary resources as a foster parent.