- NameTyler Mott
- Party Affiliationrepublican
Office: State Senate – Legislative District 9
Employer and Position: US Army Reserve, Sergeant, Battalion Unit Movements NCO & I spent the past 7 years in the financial sector before I resigning to run for office.
Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Arizona with a Minor in Italian Studies
Political Experience: Chairman of the Pima County Young Republican Club, Precinct Committeeman
Top priority: Improve business climate so people who are unemployed or underemployed can find high paying jobs.
How would you use your position as an elected official to help businesses create jobs in Southern Arizona?
I am running for State Senate because I support the commonsense conservative values that will get Arizona families working again. My wife, Judy, & I love Tucson & Southern Arizona. This is our home. We want this area to succeed.
The economic downturn has hurt people across this country, but Southern Arizona families are acutely aware of the struggles caused by the economic recession. I worked for the past 7 years in the financial sector, and I was involved on a very personal level in helping people deal with the effects of the economic recession.
I feel that a better climate for business here in Southern Arizona will help people who are either unemployed or underemployed in the Tucson area so they can get back to work or find the high paying jobs that they are trained to do. There is a sense of pride when fathers and mothers can care for their families without having to rely on government assistance to do so. And too many families have had to make decisions that they would have never dreamed of making before when it comes to receiving government assistance - due to this recession and due, quite frankly, to political actions taken at the highest levels which have prolonged the recession.
To help make it easier to get businesses back to hiring, I would support simplifying Arizona’s tax code to make it easier for businesses to know ahead of time how much it would cost to conduct business in Arizona. Businesses and individuals would support a fairer, flatter tax structure here in our state. It is also difficult to do business with an overly burdensome regulatory climate for businesses here in Arizona. Businesses have to jump through too many unnecessary hoops to open doors and keep them open, especially here in Tucson and throughout much of Pima County. This burdensome regulatory climate discourages growth and expansion of business. And without businesses willing to come to Tucson and keep their doors open here, there will not be a jobs recovery in our community. It is time to make it easy to do business in Southern Arizona. Get out of the way of Southern Arizona businesses and let them do what they do best.
Having a highly educated workforce is also a huge part of attracting businesses to Southern Arizona. Education is very important to my wife & to me with Judy being a teacher - just like education is extremely important to all Arizona families. We need to seek ways to improve the education that Arizona children are receiving. This might include expanding school choice and other initiatives. But we cannot forget about our public schools. I am also very impressed by the focus of our JTED programs here in Southern Arizona. This might need to be something else that could be expanded and that needs more focus so we can have people well trained and prepared in the different trades that they want to pursue.
Education is to the state government what national defense is to the federal government. It must be our top priority. And I have a great resource at home to help me deal with solving our education problems from the front lines. We need to improve teacher pay. There might be ways that we can do this on a state level. We can provide more professional development opportunities for teachers. We need to find more ways to take money out of administrative overhead or other areas of education that might be bloated, so we can send that money directly back into classrooms.
I also will not forget about higher education. I am a graduate from the University of Arizona in Political Science. The UofA adds so much to our community, and I will fight to keep funding at the UofA. Our University is the crown jewel of our desert home & I want to protect it.
Should the qualifications for Medicaid or AHCCCS be broadened to make more people eligible?
I don’t think this is the right question. When we look at broadening qualifications for programs that offer government assistance, we are forgetting about what has put so many families in the position of asking for government assistance in the first place. We should not want to create further dependency on government programs. To the contrary, we need to help people be able to find work that can help them to be self-sufficient. Creating a business climate that will help get the many people who are either unemployed or underemployed back to work in the high paying jobs that they are trained to do is what I want to focus on once I am elected to the Arizona State Senate. We shouldn’t be focusing on expanding programs that create government dependency. We should be focusing on giving people a hand up, not a hand-out.
If you were in a position to vote on SB1070, would you have voted for or against it?
SB1070 was a good start, and I would have supported it if I would have been in the State Senate at the time. It’s too bad that the Supreme Court of the United States ruled against Arizona on 3 of the 4 major provisions of SB1070. I feel that the Supreme Court was wrong in going against Arizona on these 3 aspects of the law. Illegal immigration hurts everybody. But it hurts the poor most by taking low-skilled labor jobs from those low skilled laborers who are in Arizona legally and need those jobs in order to feed their families.
I support helping companies who are following the law, and I believe that we should create a level playing field for all employers. Those who purposefully hire illegal labor hurt their competition by giving themselves an unfair advantage and thus negatively affect everyone in their economic sectors who intend to follow the law. In this way, illegal immigration creates a “race to the bottom” scenario that adversely affects the wages of people in many sectors of our economy.
In a world of finite resources, what if anything would you be willing to cut to better fund education?
Our entire budget each year needs to be looked at to see if it has redundancies or other areas that can be cut. We also need to ensure that we are only spending money on things that are necessary and that should be done by government in the first place. Talking about specifics, beyond this, might be a bit irresponsible. But as I said before, we need to make sure that education is our top priority and is properly funded and that the funding going to education is not being used to pay for unnecessary priorities.
Should local government fight to keep the Rosemont Copper Mine out or encourage the
company to stay?
The fight against Rosemont Copper by local government has been inappropriate. It has wasted limited public funds to fight against a company that has gone above and beyond in order to do things the right way when it comes to opening mining operations that will employ many people here in Southern Arizona. This is further evidence of the anti-business climate that keeps businesses which want to do things the right way away from Southern Arizona. The jobs during construction of the mine will be a great boon to the local economy, and the high-paying jobs that will be there during the mining process will also help Southern Arizona recover from our deep recession. Government does play an important oversight role, but it should not be the job of government to arbitrarily and intentionally go after individual businesses which are trying to help the local economy and have done everything possible to mitigate any possible negative impacts of their operations.
What is the most important issue in your race?
The most important issues in this race are jobs and focus. I think that I will bring the proper priorities that Southern Arizona needs to the State Capital. My opponent has been a partisan politician throughout his time in the State House. He votes no on every bill offered by Republicans – just because they are considered to be “Republican” bills. But he has not offered any alternative. My opponent has never offered any budget cuts when we were faced with a $3 billion budget deficit. And raising taxes on Arizonans by $3 billion to solve the problem during a devastating recession would have exacerbated our recession greatly. And the even greater loss of jobs here in Arizona if Steve Farley had his way of trying to tax our way out of this recession would have been staggering. The Arizona Constitution requires a balanced budget, and my opponent has shown that he does not have what it takes to make the difficult decisions when it comes to making cuts required for someone who is in the Arizona State Senate.
My opponent is also the one who pushed the idea of the “modern streetcar” here in Southern Arizona, which shows how greatly skewed the priorities of my opponent are. With our transportation infrastructure here in Southern Arizona crumbling, a trolley to nowhere that has cost tens of millions of dollars and will cost many millions more is the worst prioritizing seen here in many years. I would focus on fixing our roads, not on bankrupting businesses which are next to Steve Farley’s trolley tracks while we wait for this unneeded boondoggle to be completed.
|Race||District||Election Year||Election Level||Election Type||Win|
|Arizona Senate District 9 Republican primary||9th legislative||2012||State||Primary|
|Arizona Senate District 9||District 9||2012||State||General|