REALTOR® Day at the Capitol -
The rain, trains and planes could keep Senate President Andy Biggs from discussing our Arizona budget. Sitting under a big white tent with rarely experienced rain, planes overhead, and a train 4 blocks away made us all chuckle while Biggs until his more serious discussion began on the budget. We have a deficit and a big one. Part of the reason this is such a buzz with us REALTORS® in Arizona is that our REALTORS in Arizona Political Action Committee (RAPAC) Recovery Fund was depleted of funds due to the budget deficit. We aim to keep that from happening again!
Arizona is still recovering from the economic downturn. And, according to Biggs, we need to "reduce government, balance the budget, and reduce taxes." Our number 1 issue is turf battles, eg micro breweries vs. 3 tier systems; #2 is Uber ride sharing vs. registered taxis; #3 is distribution of cars with internet driven sales vs. traditional car lots. Tax incentive packages went into effective 1/1/15. They are dynamic impacts with one of every $2 spent on education. We don't spend the most on education, but we are not at the bottom for results vs. spending either.
Biggs went on to explain that "Educational outcomes should be measured not by the $ spent, but by results produced." And that "ASU's graduation size has increased to 20,000 students per year" vs. 10,000 not that many years ago.
Nicole Slavic, Arizona Assocation of Realtors (AAR), Government Affairs, spoke about the RAPAC Recovery Fund. New licensees pay their first time fees and realtors pay at renewal time. When the fund reaches $600,000, contributions stop for license renewals by realtors, although many do contribute.
There are about 400 new licensees per month in Arizona. The total number of licensees in Arizona is approximately 88,000, 41,000 of which are members of NAR and therefore considered REALTORS®. Some great facts at REALTOR® Day at the Capitol!
It was an interesting day at the Capitol. We were seated in Districts for speakers and lunch, so realtors met others who resided nearby. My table included the former President of AAR, former President of the Scottsdale Area Association of Realtors (SAAR), current President of the Phoenix Association of Realtors (PAR), National President of the Women's Council of Realtors who also happens to work in my office, and our Legislator and Senator sat at our table of 10 to visit. What a POWERful lunch!
All in all it was a great experience and one worth repeating.
It's nice to know where your money is going when you support a cause/
This is a good one meant for the public when licensed or those unlicensed folks harm the public. Support RAPAC! It was a great Realtor® Day at the Capitol!