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Government welfare for religious colleges in Mesa

Aug 7, 2013

East Valley Tribune

Richardson: The good news going along with the bad in East Valley of late

Posted: Wednesday, August 7, 2013 6:12 am

Commentary by Bill Richardson

Last week there was some good news and some not so good news for East Valley cities.

First, the good news.

[If you ask me this is bad news, because it involves mixing religion and government with the city of Mesa giving corporate welfare to these Christian Colleges which is a violation of both the US and Arizona Constitutions.]

Mesa Mayor Scott Smith and Grand Canyon University officials announced the university would build a new 120-acre campus in Mesa’s fast growing educational and technical corridor. GCU’s new campus will grow to educate 10,000 students.

Mesa currently hosts the Arizona State University Polytechnic Campus and A. T. Stills Medical School in the corridor area. Smith told Fox News GCU will be the sixth new college to call Mesa home, including “five of them this year alone. This is unprecedented.” Mesa is fast becoming a major player in post high school and college level programs that will supply an educated workforce to the valley and state.

SNIP

Now for the bad news.

[Technically this was good news for the royal Tempe rulers because they get to accept boatloads of bribes, oops I mean campaign contributions from the special interest groups building the Marina Heights project in exchange for giving them $37.4 million in corporate welfare.]

While Tempe officials were taking bows and slapping backs at the Marina Heights festivities, it was less ceremoniously announced Tempe’s mayor and city council decided at a council meeting, with restricted public input, to stick Tempe residents, and not developers, with the $37.4 million cost to build a new dam on the west end of the Town Lake. That works out to about $225.00 in dam debt for each of Tempe’s 166,000 residents.

Along with the cost of the dam being dumped on Tempe residents, who are already weary of a steady stream of tax and fee increases, reduced services and higher costs, the mayor and city council, the highest paid in the East Valley, gave a generous incentive package to developers that goes beyond the tens of millions of dollars in dam costs.

According to the Arizona Republic’s July 31 story, “Tempe OKs controversial lake plan”, developers will now pay a lower annual “holding fee” and a lower annual interest rate on their share of lake construction.

Tempe city hall continues to charge residents plenty to do the people’s business.

Once again developers in Tempe get the proverbial gold mine while residents continue to get the shaft from city hall.

SNIP

Retired Mesa master police officer Bill Richardson lives in the East Valley and can be reached at bill.richardson@cox.net.

Complain about this violation of Church & State to:

Mesa Mayor Scott Smith a government tyrant that doesn't believe in separation of church and state???

Mesa Mayor Scott Smith

Phone: 480-644-2388


Dave Richins a government tyrant that doesn't believe in separation of church and state???

Councilmember Dave Richins

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Alex Finter a government tyrant that doesn't believe in separation of church and state???

Councilmember Alex Finter

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Dennis Kavanaugh a government tyrant that doesn't believe in separation of church and state???

Councilmember Dennis Kavanaugh

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Christopher Glover a government tyrant that doesn't believe in separation of church and state???

Councilmember Christopher Glover

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Dina Higgins a government tyrant that doesn't believe in separation of church and state???

Councilmember Dina Higgins

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Scott Somers a government tyrant that doesn't believe in separation of church and state???

Vice Mayor Scott Somers

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