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A balanced budget amendment would serve the state and federal government. Too many government shutdowns and military parades are great examples of why we need to look at candidates carefully.

I want to make the case to the voters that the Flagstaff Needs a Raise initiative is an important one. I know people in this community live extremely unhappy because  their services have been threatened from Division of Developmental Disabilities because many qualified vendors cannot afford the wage increase to $15.50  by 2022. Who knows what the cost of living will be -- is $15.50 an hour really a livable wage when the cost of living continues to rise?

I want the community to think about this when they they step into the voting booth. Let's learn our lessons and do the right thing to make sure our local government and state government is fiscally responsible. My direct support providers are important to me and qualified vendors must stay open. But being a direct support provider is a tough job and they need to be paid for the anonymous sacrifice.

Please, Flagstaff, we want to contribute to our community

TED GARLAND

Flagstaff

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