Hess for Governor | The way I see it
Official Barry Hess 2014 Campaign website for Governor of Arizona.

The way I see it

I see an Arizona where the State is on the brink of being completely self-funding. Arizona’s income streams will be:

  • – The flat 9.9% retail transaction tax

  • – The flat 4% of the gross receipts of all Arizona corporations

  • – Train fares

  • – Electric car rentals at the stations

  • – Royalties on developed patents

  • – Train system solar electric production

  • – Water sales from new tunnel pipeline project

  • – Investments through the State treasury

  • – Excess land/asset sales

  • – Unused building space rental

  • And more…

I see an Arizona where if you work for an hour, you get paid for an hour; and it’s your money to save, spend or give away as you choose. I see the complete elimination of all direct personal property and income taxes; effectively giving every working person 30%, or more in spendable cash without costing employers a single dime—in fact, it will save employers money, and allow them to expand, and offer more employment opportunities. When businesses can fairly compete to offer valuable products or services to the public; the public benefits from the highest quality and the lowest priced products possible being offered in the marketplace.

I see businesses anxious to come to Arizona because we provide a stable, open environment that welcomes entrepreneurs, inventors, innovators and major corporations alike, because of our simple, “access to the corporate veil” fee of only 4% of their actual gross revenues without deductions, offsets, or exemptions, instead of a tax.

I see our State Government being dangerously over-funded, with a full year-in-advance budget, to prevent future economic calamities, and I hope to be asking the legislature to lower the flat 9.9% transaction tax on all retail goods and services (without exceptions) that serves as the State’s sole tax, but only one of several sources of State income.

Just knowing that the penalty for trying to cheat on corporate taxes is a flat (non-negotiable) 7X the amount that was left unpaid; is more than enough to discourage any business from engaging in such activity, but not enough to put them out of business–and cost Arizona more jobs.

I see a nearly crime-free Arizona that has benefited dramatically by the realization that in an armed society; either by discouragement or demise, the ‘bad guys’ simply go away. It’s an Arizona where the absolute and unalienable right to bear arms is respected, and the safety of our Citizens is guaranteed and assured by other Citizens; violent criminality is reserved for the mentally-deranged; and Peace Officers standby, at-the-ready to assist when the need arises.

I see Arizona’s public educational system being hailed as the new standard in learning, based on results, and verified by voluntary competency testing. At the heart of the system is an on-line curriculum that will allow any student in Arizona to learn and specialize in whatever subjects they choose; and where three major benefits of abandoning the antiquated idea of forcing Arizona students into over-crowded classrooms have been realized. The first benefit is control of contagious diseases and epidemics that are currently spread primarily in the classrooms. The second benefit is to remove the tempting ‘gun free’ targets that have enabled all-too-many homicidal maniacs under the influence of psychotropic drugs to ply their evil. The third benefit is to relieve Arizonans of the out-of-control costs of personnel and maintaining excessive physical structures that have proven to be of no use in forwarding the goal of a truly educated society.

I see an excitement in Arizona because we succeeded when we dared do great things. The first was to build the world’s most advanced multi-use mass transportation system, and probably the only one to pay for itself. It’s constructed in the median of I-10, and I-17, so the land was not a problem, and there need be no ‘taking’ (by claim of ‘eminent domain’) of private property; and interference with normal traffic, by construction was kept to a minimum. The key was leaving no room for back-room deals; removing the normal temptations brought out the best in our elected officials. We now have a top-to-bottom, semi-vertical, 6-rail, tourist attraction, emergency medical unit (where it is most often needed), and a high-capacity mass transportation system—that literally turns a profit to the benefit of the People of Arizona. The A-framed pillars peak at 60’ with 2 active rails (set one above the other) on each outside ‘leg’ of the “A”, and 2 inside, (service/maintenance, and 1st-response units) across the bar.

One of the unique features is the ‘roof’ above the uppermost tracks. It is the world’s largest array of solar photovoltaic cells, and it provides all of the energy for the rail system, (no carbon footprint at all) as well as the totally electric cars that can be rented at each station. It’s great how it has made it possible for people to live in Tucson, and accept employment in Flagstaff, or anywhere in between. When the series of batteries that keep the electricity flowing for the system are full; they automatically feed the overage back onto the localized grid, to allow a further lowering of our “Uniform Retail Transaction Tax” (that was forever limited to a maximum of 9.9%). Of course the rail fare being limited to $5.00 for an all-day pass (for Arizonans) has drawn a lot of tourists who want to see all of the beauty of Arizona, from the comfort of a raised high-speed train. It’s being hailed as the new 9th wonder of the World.

The 2nd thing we’ve done has already made it possible to deliver desalinated sea water all the way up, from the Gulf of California, to Casa Grande through twin 40’ tunnels, also powered passively. Until we complete expanding the system to the interior of the State, it’ll remain the 2nd largest such project only to what Muammar Gaddafi built in Libya.

I see a State-owned technology campus where it benefits hi-tech companies to contribute expertise to evaluate ideas brought forth by average Arizonans. Successful ideas can be developed and turned into useful products to be marketed, with the State benefiting from an additional income stream created from its stake in all products developed on campus.

I see our Courts being respected, with more than half of the laws on the books removed; we’ve found the Courts to be more thoughtful in their interpretation of the law as it relates to constitutional limitations. I see the Courts offering juries clear and equitable instructions, insuring they know the full extent of their authority, and common sense mini ‘jury schools’, for those involved in tort case awards, and to remind jurors that the presumption of innocence is the law of the land.

I see a realistic labor entry policy, and a permanent security solution on our Southern Border using technologies that have been effective at the Groom Lake facility for decades, sparing Arizona the embarrassment of increasing numbers of needless deaths in our deserts.

I see an Arizona where our prisons are now back under State control, and their population has been cut nearly in half; sparing Arizona a significant financial burden.

I see Arizona’s Commonsense HealthCare system being copied with great success all over the World. It’s basically a revitalization of our old “County system” staffed by new doctors, fresh from learning all the latest medical innovations and advancements. The doctors agree to a reasonable salary for five years, in exchange for total forgiveness on their student loans. This gives Arizona the best in actual care for her needy, and gives all Arizonans confidence that in emergencies, everyone who needs care, will get care.

Removing government from all other healthcare will have lessened the actual retail costs by up to 80%, so that most working Arizonans will be able to pay for their health maintenance out of their hip pockets, and general insurance will become a luxury. Nominally priced Catastrophic health insurance policies will become the ‘norm’.

I see Arizona’s welfare costs being slashed because we’ve allocated specific areas to Quonset hut housing units, complete with immediate access to daycare, schooling, charity-run food kitchens, clothing, employment listings and safety to those truly in immediate need of (very) temporary lodging.

I see Arizona as having taken back nearly all of her lands from Federal over-stepping, and the sale of some of it has nearly completely paid off all of the State’s debts.

I see Arizona’s economy exploding with excitement from all of the new businesses that are started, particularly in energy-storage development; commercial Hemp cultivation and processing; and there is a substantial move by consumers to demand that new homes be built so that they can over-produce their own energy requirements. What’s more, the extra energy can be sold back onto the new grid system and used to pay the property’s mortgage. At the same time, the homeowners will enjoy a measure of passive income, to contribute to their independence.

As always,

I remain at your service,


Vice-Chairman/ Communications Director

AZ Libertarian Party

Candidate for Arizona Governor 2014