Supporters of the one-cent tax portray it as the antidote to lawmakers’ antipathy toward cash-starved schools, but critics claim its success will come at the expense of the state’s ability to bring in taxes from remote and Internet sales.Read More »
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Rep. Ed Ableser, a Democrat from Tempe, last night pressed Republican Sen. Jerry Lewis, R-Mesa, over his support for a state budget that kept money for schools relatively flat and didn’t restore funding for an insurance program for low-income children.Read More »
Sen. Jerry Lewis, the Mesa Republican who ran on a platform of transparency and lobbying reform during the recall election last year, today unveiled a proposal to tighten the reporting requirements for legislators and lobbyists and make it easier for the public to find out how the two groups interact.
Lewis said the proposal has the backing of Senate President Steve Pierce and Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery, who has investigated the Fiesta Bowl scandal, where public officials received free tickets and took free trips without properly disclosing them.
The initiative to permanently keep an additional penny on the sales tax recently secured the backing of a group of company executives in northern Arizona, but the endorsement also highlighted a polarized business community.Read More »
Republican legislative candidates in hotly-contested races have on the whole stockpiled a bigger war chest than Democrats as November approaches, finance reports filed with the Secretary of State show.Read More »
Critics of the initiative to keep a 1-cent tax increase on the books promised a broad coalition to defeat it, but the “no” campaign’s fundraising haul came from only 13 groups and individuals, the latest campaign finance reports showed.Read More »
Democrats running in a Republican-leaning West Valley district zeroed in on the majority party’s decision to slash education funding during the fiscal crisis and keep it relatively flat even when the economy began to turn around.Read More »
Republican candidates for the Arizona Corporation Commission violated the rules by using hundreds of thousands of dollars that were meant to be spent in the primary to go after their Democratic general election opponents, the agency that runs the state’s public finance system agreed today.Read More »
Former legislator Doug Quelland has failed to pay the thousands of dollars that he owes the state for violating campaign finance laws.Read More »
State Treasurer Doug Ducey, who is leading the campaign to defeat the 1 cent sales tax initiative, denied today allegations that his committee violated state campaign finance laws and called a complaint against him a “fishing expedition.”Read More »