Despite "no" votes by Sen. Ron Gould and Rep.-elect Jack Harper, a panel of lawmakers recommended extending tax credits that benefit the working poor and charities.Read More »
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An alcoholic’s first step toward recovery is to admit being powerless to stop drinking even though it’s making life unmanageable.
Now a Tucson lawmaker wants to use the same approach to the state’s addiction to borrowing.
Rep. Vic Williams, a Republican from Tucson, said he plans to introduce a bill that would require the state to report annually all borrowing, as well as effect it will have on the state’s general fund.
More than two-dozen employees will transfer to the governor's budget office from the Department of Commerce before the end of the year as part of a larger move to shift economic development responsibilities to a public-private organization.Read More »
Few sights say more about the end of a political career than a politician vacating his office. On Dec. 8, one of Arizona's longest-serving lawmakers packed his belongings in cardboard boxes, descended the stairs of the Senate and loaded them onto his car. But Senate President Bob Burns' departure reveals something more.Read More »
The first very first bill filed for next legislative session seeks to restore transplant coverage that was restricted, a decision that highlighted the severity of the state's budget crisis but also put Arizona once again on the national spotlight.Read More »
Even as Arizona’s politicians are contemplating a slew of tax breaks to attract or retain companies, they might also want to ratchet up their efforts when it comes to disclosing the incentives the state gives to businesses.Read More »
The recession hit Arizona hard, but the situation here isn't as precarious as in Illinois, which is struggling from a whopping $13 billion budget deficit. Like Arizona, many states face significant budget shortfalls this year, a situation that probably will get worse as federal aid expires next year.Read More »
The Arizona Senate’s new Republican leaders took their cue from the public and created committees to reflect the general mood of voters — disgruntlement.Read More »
More committees mean more people divvying up the work, ostensibly making for an efficient legislative process.Read More »
The number of economy-related committees raises an interesting question: Which panel will consider legislation aimed at improving the state’s economy?Read More »