The much-maligned Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections, slated for the chopping block early in the budget process this year, won a stay of execution. But not everyone is happy about the apparent reprieve, especially county officials who face the prospect of assuming the financial responsibility of housing and rehabilitating the state's juvenile inmates.Read More »
Even with a mind-numbing return on investment of minus 18 percent and a report suggesting that the Arizona State Retirement System is woefully underfunded, retirees and current employees banking on a stable pension check need not worry.
So says Paul Matson, ASRS director, who notes that the retirement system is sitting on a whopping $25.5 billion pot of money.
A study sponsored by the Arizona Tourism Alliance paints a grim picture for the industry unless the state reverses some of the budget cuts that already have been approved.Read More »
Perhaps the biggest booster of the Arizona Office of Tourism is the Arizona Hotel and Lodging Association, a public policy advocate for the industry that represents more than 400 hotels, resorts and bed and breakfasts throughout the state.Read More »
Despite losing about 65 percent of its budget in the midst of a severe statewide economic crunch, the outlook at the Arizona Office of Tourism seems as bright as the Arizona sun.Read More »
A walking tour of the Maricopa Solar generating facility, billed as the "world's first commercial-scale SunCatcher plant," is like taking a step into the future. It's not as striking as the movie "Avatar," which is set at a time when Earth's resources have been depleted, but it provides a glimpse of what is being done to deal with the depletion of nonrenewable energy sources.Read More »
If necessity is the mother of invention, a slumping economy fathered a state agency's need to implement electronic audits of property management companies amid growing concerns of fraud.Read More »
When it came to an appetite for ill-gotten gains, James Addison Reavis, the self-proclaimed Baron of Arizona, was in a class by himself.Read More »
When Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano was back in town last week, she suggested that reform of the nation’s immigration laws will be a priority for President Obama in 2010. The former Arizona governor was quoted in a local newspaper as saying two-thirds of the public wants immigration fixed, understanding that the U.S. is not going to deport an estimated 11 million illegal immigrants living in the U.S. The remaining one-third, she said, don’t want any changes.Read More »
Caught in what could be described as a perfect storm, the Arizona arts community is struggling to stay afloat. Hit by reductions in public funding, cutbacks by corporate donors and a skittish audience that is staying home, arts advocates nevertheless are following that long-standing tradition - the show must go on.Read More »