Barbara McGuire (DEM) - State Representative - District: 23
POB 613, Kearny, AZ 85237
520-363-5002 or 480-497-0512
Occupation/Main source(s) of income:
State Representative, small business owner operator
office manager, advertising, retail sales management, film and entertainment
K-12 Ray District, Central Arizona College, various business certifications.
Husband Jim 38 years, 2 grown children, one grandchild.
How long have you lived in Arizona?
54 years, lifetime.
What is your party registration and how long have you been registered as a member of that party?
Previous public offices you have sought/held:
State legislator, 2007-8.
Civic organizations in which you have been active?
Chamber of commerce, Copper Basin (former VP), Casa Grande (member). Salvation Army Extension
Unit Director 18 years award for outstanding service of volunteer. Citizen of Year Copper Basin, 2004.
Are you using public funds in your campaign?
yes, clean elections.
Do you have any sort of a criminal record or any outstanding civil judgments? Please be specific.
BREAKING THE ICE
What is the best piece of political advice you ever received?
From my late father: “Consider the source. Squeaky wheel gets the grease. There are two
sides to every issue.”
What character trait best serves a public official?
Being humanitarian and using a balanced approach.
What character flaw most harms a public official?
Being self serving. Being disingenuous.
What is your favorite book (besides a spiritual text)?
What is your favorite place in Arizona?
My district is my favorite place. It's diversity, uniqueness, history, legacy of generations
of good people are inspiring and home to me.
Which Arizona political figure past or present do you most admire and why?
Gr Gr Gr Grandfather Colonel Richard Smith Elliott a soldier in General Kearny's Army of the
West. He was a former commissioner who pressed for better treatment of native Americans and one time appointee for MN governor
and other posts and who had an interesting life in many ways. He was a figure before Arizona statehood and left great notes
in his book "Elliott's Notes" and was not intentionally involved in politics other than as required, but specific to Arizona,
however I would have to say the late great Polly Rosenbaum, a democrat whose seat I now hold, stands out to me as a person
who was highly energetic and productive throughout her long life. I admire how she reached out across party lines and got
Has state government been spending too much money, the right amount, or not enough? Specifically,
how would you change the state's approach to spending?
Obviously with state budget deficits there is too much money being spent. There are some situations
where borrowing must occur to provide for a need, as with school bonding. Overall, however, there should be investments in
humans over brick and mortar, needs vs. wants, protection of basic services like public safety, health care, education. We
need to go to zero based budget approach where actual needs are determined instead of using the prior years expenditure and
creating a budget by inflating that prior year base. I expect government to be efficient, accountable and responsive to the
citizens, hence my credo: "E.A.R.".
Name one state agency or program you believe gets too much money. Why?
All agencies to some extent had funds which were swept. There should be more involvement earlier
in the budget process. We are finding out even as I prepare this questionnaire that at least one key player in the budget
process and maybe others did reserve some funds for programs unto their discretion.
Name one state agency or program you believe gets too little money. Why?
Behavioral, health care and other ADHS programs and Human Services programs provide safety nets
for life itself. There are programs that struggle and have waiting lists which are really denial of care lists. Federal government
criteria for some programs is not matched by the State. We need to fix those things. There are programs where Arizona may
not rank well nationally, but ADHS does what it can with what it has and what the majority allows. Investing in the human
being as even for the pure "numbers crunchers" admit, that keeping a person alive, functional and healthy mentally and physically
is good for the individual, the family and the economy. There is room for more compassion. For example, we joined with the
majority when they recognized this by requesting the autism coverage bill.
If you favor further state tax cuts, name one tax that should be cut and why.
State income tax if cut, would actually be the most real income that could be spent and benefit
the normal person's life in Arizona while also providing local stimulus.
If you oppose further tax cuts, name one strategy you would pursue to boost the state's economy.
Incentives for business to compete with other states and countries in addition with tax cuts
or as stand alone. There are some places in the world that we should be competing with. Dubai, Ireland and some Asian nations
for example. Arizona has the resources, the climate, the workforce, the universities to compete. We should and can.
Are there any circumstances under which you would favor a tax increase to offset future state
Only through voter initiative.
Should Arizona take the lead in fighting global warming even if the federal government doesn't?
If so, how?
Arizona has great opportunity with its renewable energy such as solar. Renewable energy is smart
for Arizona in creating jobs, reducing energy bills, saving tax payer dollars while being good for the environment.
What one state action do you think would work best to combat the problem of illegal immigration.
If you ask about the main thing causing illegal immigration, it is the demand for cheap labor.
In the absence of Federal action, Arizona must restrict employment to lawful citizens, authorized immigrants and legally permitted
temporary workers. In each session, we must fix the law to come up with intelligent public policy based on our experience.
We must be humane yet firm in our resolve and respect voter intent. Educate immigrants who wish to become legal about the
pathway to become legal so they can contribute to society. We cannot bankrupt ourselves to be the deep pockets for other countries'
If you could only introduce one bill in the coming legislative session, what would it be?
Rural health care bill. Some features of it would establish 30 minute health care access, affordable
telemedical facilities, and loan foregiveness for rural health care workers. The state of rural health care in Arizona is
insufficient and it is becoming more important. Rural Arizona is a great place to live, work and retire and everyone can't
travel or afford to travel to metropolitan Phoenix or Tucson for health care, particularly in emergency. Widely available,
affordable, quality health care is needed and can be achieved.
Name one unsuccessful bill during the 2008 legislative session that you believe should have
Solid waste dumping. (The Arizona Republic, Cronkite News Service and the Arizona Daily Star
were among newspapers who gave excellent coverage about the solid waste bill to stem wildcat dumping.) Unfortunately, despite
a lot of support, Mr. Robson refused to allow the Rules Committee to hear it. Perhaps a future session will approve a new
solid waste dumping bill under new leadership.
Should the Legislature act to reduce the influence of state and federal courts over state
government? If so, how?
Generally speaking, the Legislature, the Courts and the Executive Branch should respect the
will of the voters. They have not always done that. Other than that, the Legislature should accept the intelligent design
of our system by the Founding Fathers who created a system of checks and balances so that there cannot be absolute rule by
any branch of government.
What, if anything, should the Legislature do to improve health care for its citizens?
The Legislature should support making quality health care coverage broadly available. Profit
should not be the overriding concern, taking care of human beings should. There is great value and long term benefit in preventative
medicine as those who learn this no longer oppose it. Take care of people before a costly crisis endangers them. There are
many ways of providing for coverage for all and a national urge to do so. Stay tuned. No doubt Arizona will join the nation
and other evolved countries in facilitating quality universal coverage of some kind.
Do you support using state funds for bioscience research?
They already are. Yes to public-private partnership in bio and other research.
Do you support the use of school vouchers? Why or why not?
No. Public money is for public schooling except in specialized circumstance where education
is “needs targeted” to match learning ability or special circumstance and it is then best suited.
Should the AIMS test continue to be required for graduation? Should it be toughened?
I prefer more frequent interval testing such as MAPS which is progress tracking and a situation
that would be more to teach students to think rather than to pass a specific test.
Would spending more money on public schools increase the quality of education in Arizona?
Why or why not?
Spending more money on public schools does not necessarily increase the quality of education
unless the dollars find their way to the classroom. This includes finding quality teachers and paying them fairly. Increase
the use of proven technology and community involvement including civic sponsors and senior mentoring. Business also has a
responsibility and a role. Gear education toward teaching thinking and guide toward skills sets for those best suited. These
are all things that can add value and substance to education and make it real time applicable.