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I want to state my position on Proposition 418. This is a difficult issue for me. I learned a hard political lesson, I always thought raising the minimum wage $5.50 per hour was a good idea.

November 2016, my perspective was shaken when I saw the divisive anger in the disability community. That is why I'm going to work hard to push for entitlement reform. A recent report Social Security Board of Trustees said that the system will become insolvent by 2024, and Medicare and Medicaid could be subject to bankruptcy by the year 2035.

This not only affects future retirees. I am of Generation X; Medicaid sets the reimbursement rates for all of the 50 states. The Medicaid program is called Arizona Healthcare Cost Containment Services. For generations to come I want retirement security and long-term care that works. I want to service delivery system that works for all of us. Let's begin the debate, Congress.

TED GARLAND

Flagstaff

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