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Week of October 22, 2019

Provided by Dorn Policy Group, Inc.  

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NATIONAL                                                                                                                                     

 U.S. Chamber sends Congress a call to action for US-Mexico-Canada agreement The United States Chamber of Commerce issued a call to action to members of the U.S. House of Representatives earlier this month, encouraging them to prioritize the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement.  

USDA inspector general launches climate change investigation An internal government watchdog is starting an investigation into the USDA’s handling of climate science and communication after a series of reports found that the department has been routinely burying its work on climate change, even as farmers and ranchers are increasingly dealing with its harmful effects.                                                                                                                           

Cyber election threats set for hearing on the Hill  The House Judiciary Committee will convene Tuesday morning for a hearing on election security where lawmakers will hear from DHS, DOJ, the FBI and the Election assistance Commission on how the executive branch is preparing for 2020.                                                                                                                  

STATE

Health care ballot initiative from out-of-state labor union likely to increase patient costs

Supporters of a ballot measure proposed by a new advocacy group in Arizona claim it will make health care more accessible by holding providers to new standards, but health care leaders in the state are having none of it.

Arizona quietly suspends Medicaid work requirement

Arizona quietly suspended plans to require about 120,000 people to work, volunteer or go to school to receive Medicaid benefits, as courts have taken a dim view of similar mandates in other states.

Arizona receives $2.5M in federal grants to prevent school violence

Two Arizona school districts and the state’s executive office have been awarded more than $2.5 million in federal grants to help prevent school violence. The U.S. Department of Justice announced Monday it gave more than $85 million to school districts and other groups across the country. Tempe Union High School District was awarded nearly $500,000.

LOCAL

Stretch of Broadway Rd corridor in Tempe gets renewed hope for housing and business projects

The City Council took steps to revitalize Tempe’s Broadway Corridor last Thursday by approving a General Plan Amendment for the area. The entire area has been designated as a federal Opportunity Zone, which provides federal tax incentives to investors.

 Tempe offers televised candidate forums to community groups

The Mayor’s seat and three Council seats are opening with terms of office beginning in July 2020. The Primary Election is March 10 and the General Election is May 19. As a community service, as it has in past elections, the City of Tempe will continue to offer equal opportunities for candidates to provide information to residents.

$2 million federal grant funds comprehensive response program including treatment

Every Tempe Police officer will soon carry a supply of lifesaving naloxone for people who overdose on opioids as part of a comprehensive federal grant that will also provide treatment services to assist those facing addiction. Tempe is one of only 12 cities around the country to be awarded the grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

ASU Biodesign executive urges health care forces to 'go beyond discovery' at AZ Wellbeing Commons conference

With organizations the caliber of Mayo Clinic, TGen and the Flinn Foundation, Arizona boasts a multitude of talented scientists, health professionals and government leaders committed to contributing to the quality of life in our state.