2017 City of Goodyear Legislative Agenda

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2017 City of Goodyear Legislative Agenda

Introduction




The purpose of this document is to define legislative priorities and guiding principles for the upcoming state and federal legislative sessions.  

Throughout the year, Governmental Relations staff will provide regular updates on activity related to the legislative agenda as well as any other legislative activity that could have an impact on Goodyear and other municipalities.  Governmental Relations staff may return to Council to present information and receive formal direction on specific bills and/or amendments that may have a significant impact, or do not fall under the guiding principles established in the legislative agenda. 

State Legislative Agenda


Discussion
The First Regular Session of the 53nd Legislature convenes on Monday, January 9, 2017. In order to prioritize and guide staff’s lobbying efforts during this session, we recommend that Mayor and Council endorse familiar, but critical guiding principles as our highest priorities – maintain fiscal sustainability by protecting shared revenues, opposing unfunded mandates, preserving local authority and partnering with the legislature to enhance economic development and transportation in our state. In addition any and all efforts to protect and enhance the mission of Luke Air Force Base remains a focal point for our city. 


Guiding Principles


FISCAL SUSTAINABILITY
The city of Goodyear supports the preservation of all dedicated funding streams and sources that directly or indirectly serve Arizona municipalities and/or could potentially impact the city’s budget. Examples of these funds include state shared revenues including, state transaction privilege tax (sales) and urban revenue (income) tax revenues at the 15% distribution level and opposes any reduction or cap. In addition, the city supports maintaining the full disbursement levels of existing revenue streams including the Heritage fund, the Highway User Revenue Fund (HURF) and the Vehicle License Tax (VLT). The city opposes any attempt to redirect those funds away from these accounts by the Legislature. 

LOCAL AUTHORITY
Cities and towns are created by the people in order to foster economic activity and deliver services that protect public health, safety and quality of life. The city must continue its work to help foster the economy and create quality of life for the community. The city supports the protection of local control and decision-making authority while opposing any attempts to erode this control through preemptions or mandates.  

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
The city of Goodyear relies on numerous tools to recruit, retain and attract economic development opportunities. The city supports efforts to maintain and enhance the economic development mechanisms available to create future economic vitality, including tools for private sector growth and revitalization. The city opposes any attempts to limit or prohibit Goodyear’s ability to execute economic development projects. 

MILITARY PRESERVATION
The city recognizes that there needs to be ongoing efforts to sustain the long-term mission viability of Luke Air Force Base (LAFB).  Goodyear will continue to be involved in protecting the mission of LAFB through local and regional community support activities as well as any state or federal legislation that strengthens local efforts to protect the base from encroachment. The city supports retention of existing state statutes relating to military airports, development of legislation that limits encroachment of all types, compatible land uses around such facilities, and ensures the capability for future mission expansions. 

TRANSPORTATION

The city supports regional coordination in transportation planning and opposes efforts that limit local control in the transportation decision making process.  The city supports the voter approved Proposition 400 and opposes efforts to hinder the implementation of the Regional Transportation Plan. Furthermore, the Council supports efforts that grant cities and towns the ability to provide for transportation improvements.  

WATER
Goodyear supports and will participate in efforts to identify and develop future water supplies, protect and enhance existing water supplies and advocate for water resource stewardship. 

Federal Legislative Agenda

Discussion 
The First Session of the 115th United States Congress convened on January 3, 2017.    

 

Guiding Principles


MILITARY PRESERVATION
The city of Goodyear partners with the West Valley Cities, Phoenix and Maricopa County in an effort to protect and enhance Luke Air Force Base. The West Valley Partners have a contract with Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC, a Washington based consulting firm that assist with the protection of Luke AFB’s mission and advocate for additional, joint missions for Luke AFB.

TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE
In December, a long-term transportation authorization bill, known as Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act was signed into law.   The legislation is funded through gas tax and offsets of about $70 billion from other areas of the federal budget. Long-term transportation funding was a priority in your 2015 legislative agenda. We will continue to monitor the new transportation legislation as it takes affect and also look for additional opportunities for federal solutions to local needs in both infrastructure and transportation. 

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
The city of Goodyear will work with representatives of the federal government to identify and support opportunities for economic development.  

MARKETPLACE FAIRNESS 
In December, 2014, Goodyear City Council passed a resolution encouraging members of Congress to support Marketplace Fairness legislation, which refers to the concept of requiring out-of-state online and catalogue retailers to collect and remit sales tax to the jurisdiction in which an item was purchased. The city continues to support legislation that would benefit the community by leveling the playing field, requiring out-of-state online retailers to collect and remit sales tax to the jurisdiction in which an item was sold. It would serve as a mechanism to increase revenue to support critical municipal services such as police, fire, and infrastructure development. 

WATER
Goodyear supports and will participate in efforts to identify and develop future water supplies, protect and enhance existing water supplies and advocate for water resource stewardship. 

GRANTS 
Staff recommends we continue to work with our departments to highlight priorities and seek funding through grants where possible. 

AVIATION
The city of Goodyear will continue to partner with the city of Phoenix to monitor authorization of the Federal Aviation Administration and advocate for the maintained operations of the Phoenix Goodyear Airport.