2012 Q&A with CD3 candidates

2012-10-03T00:00:00Z 2014-05-22T11:04:04Z 2012 Q&A with CD3 candidates Arizona Daily Star
October 03, 2012 12:00 am

Name two specific things you will do to spur job growth in Southern Arizona.

Grijalva: I've introduced the Border Infrastructure and Jobs Act to increase cross-border commerce and add 500 staff at ports of entry. This would increase security, promote trade and create jobs. I'm pushing more robust federal investment in infrastructure and transportation, and a national infrastructure bank to leverage private capital, through the progressive Budget for All. In addition, incentives for businesses that produce and add jobs in the United States and penalize those that ship jobs overseas.

Guerra: Revisit any job proposals that were held up by regulatory bureaucracy in an attempt to make those proposals work.

Revisit NAFTA plan in order to find the solution to what could bring major import businesses to Southern Arizona.

Saucedo Mercer: Government is not the solution to economic prosperity. Excessive federal spending has not helped the private sector and is burying us in debt.

Government needs to get out of the way of entrepreneurs who create jobs. I will work to reduce overspending and to eliminate regulations which stand in the way of job creation.

How do you propose dealing with the estimated 11.5 million illegal immigrants already living in the United States?

Grijalva: If we ignore the 11 million undocumented immigrants living, working and raising families here, or hope they will "self-deport," the immigration debate will never end. I support an approach that requires people to register with the government, pay appropriate fines, learn English, submit to criminal background checks and become working, productive members of society. This can be accomplished in a comprehensive method that includes security but a good place to start is the Dream Act.

Guerra: I created a plan for undocumented individuals to register, pay their fees and fines and allow them to be responsible for their own actions instead of increasing taxes on our taxpayers and enlarging our government.

Saucedo Mercer: I would encourage them to go through the proper channels to apply for legal status. Those that are here illegally should not receive benefits which are reserved for citizens and non-citizens with legal residency.

Illegal immigrants should not be allowed to cut in front of those who have applied properly and obeyed the law.

Should the Bush-era tax cuts be continued, and if so for whom?

Grijalva: We must extend tax cuts for 98 percent of Americans and ask the wealthiest 2 percent to pay their fair share and cut corporate subsidies. I oppose the Republican plan to wipe out the Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Credit, American Opportunity Tax Credit and Mortgage Tax Credit. This would hurt students, working parents and military families. We have to end corporate tax subsidies that reward shipping jobs overseas. We must increase oversight over financial institutions.

Guerra: That tax plan needs to expire. I would support a plan where everyone pays a fair share.

Saucedo Mercer: The current tax rates should stay in effect for all. Given the current economic conditions, any tax increase would be counterproductive to economic growth.

What if anything should the government do about climate change?

Grijalva: We have to embrace science and take proactive steps to manage emissions that contribute to climate change. Fuel economy standards and investments in clean renewable energy have been successful but aren't a complete solution. I co-sponsor the Save Our Climate Act, which implements a revenue-neutral carbon tax that will limit emissions, help reinvest in energy-saving technology, and help reduce personal tax rates.

Guerra: Search for what specifically encourages that "change." Define what "change" is normal or caused by nature. Then work to find options for what causes negative change to our climate. I believe it would be the government's responsibility to ensure that mankind is not creating irretrievable damages to Mother Earth.

Saucedo Mercer: Climate change was occurring before man was on this planet. A thorough examination of current discussion among scientists shows that there is substantial disagreement about the effects of man and carbon dioxide and that climate change may be more influenced by solar activity.

I do not advocate spending hundreds of billions of dollars and economically weakening our country in pursuit of highly uncertain benefits.

Raúl Grijalva

Party: Democrat

Age: 64

Employer and position: Congressman

Education: Bachelor's degree in sociology from the University of Arizona

Political experience: Congressman, Pima County supervisor, school board member

Top priorities: Continue health-care reform, oversight over financial institutions, real investment in jobs and education

Blanca Guerra

Party: Libertarian

Age: 52

Employer and position: Self-employed/retired freelance paralegal/ small rancher

Education: Some college

Political experience: Precinct committeewoman

Top priorities: Job creation, create government revenue plans that will not increase taxes, reform immigration policies

Gabriela Saucedo Mercer

Party: Republican

Age: 48

Employer and position: Self-employed

Education: Associate's degree in applied science from Cochise College

Political experience: Precinct committeewoman, second vice chair of LD 27, Pima County Republican Party executive committee member at large

Top priority: Repeal the tax burden that comes to us disguised as the Affordable Healthcare Act

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