Supported Progressive Health Care Reform
In late 2009, Tom Chabin was one of more than 1,000 state legislators to sign a letter entitled "State Legislators for Progressive Health Care Reform". The letter was a project of the Progressive States Network and was developed in consultation with national health care reform advocates, including the AFL-CIO, AFSCME, Community Catalyst, Families USA, Herndon Alliance, National Women's Law Center, Northeast Action, SEIU, and Universal Health Care Action Network. The letter reads in part,
- "Failure to pass national comprehensive health reform now will further jeopardize state and local budgets, undermining public services like education, public safety, and transportation infrastructure... We, the undersigned, call on President Obama and the Congress to enact bold and comprehensive health care reform this year – based on these principles and a strong federal-state collaboration – and pledge our support as state legislators and allies in pursuit of guaranteed, high quality, affordable health care for all."
Contract for the American Dream
A plan to revitalize the U.S. economy put forward by liberal groups would create jobs in Arizona and help the poor move to the middle class, a Democratic state lawmaker said Sept. 21, 2011.
“The American dream is for any American, no matter where they start in life, to be able to accomplish their full goals,” said Rep. Ruben Gallego, D-Phoenix.
Gallego and state Reps. Anna Tovar, D-Tolleson, and Tom Chabin, D-Flagstaff, held a news conference to endorse the Contract for the American Dream. National groups including MoveOn.org, Campaign for America's Future, Planned Parenthood and Progressive Democrats of America developed the plan.
Its 10 points calls for, among other steps, spending on infrastructure such as roads and high-speed Internet, creating energy jobs, providing Medicare for all and improving public education. It also pushes for increasing taxes on the rich and ending the wars abroad.
Joining the lawmakers, Monica Sandschafer, executive director of the community organization Living United for Change in Arizona, called the proposal a summation of suggestions from more than 130,000 Americans online and in their communities to save the American dream.
- Progressive States Network: State Legislators for Progressive Health Care Reform (accessed on Dec. 23, 2010)
- http://cronkitenewsonline.com/2011/09/arizona-democrats-tout-plan-to-stimulate-state-federal-economy/,Cronkite News, Arizona Democrats tout plan to stimulate state, federal economy Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2011 By ELVINA NAWAGUNA-CLEMENTE ]