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Budget deal raids consumer protection fund (access required)

Thousands of Arizona state workers drop protections

As National Consumer Protection Week comes to a close, legislators and Gov. Doug Ducey are working to pass a state budget that would gut the fund that pays for consumer protection efforts in the Attorney General’s Office and instead use some of that money to sue the Obama administration.

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Flanagan defends his leadership at Dept of Child Safety (access required)

Former Department of Child Safety Director Charles Flanagan was fired by Gov. Doug Ducey on Feb. 10. He defended his time leading the agency, and said child safety was always his top priority. (Photo by Rachel Leingang/Arizona Capitol Times)

Fired Department of Child Safety director Charles Flanagan defended himself against allegations his process of getting through a backlog of cases was dangerous to abused children, and said he’s speaking out for the first time since his firing to defend the record of his administration and DCS employees who have been smeared by recent news reports based on allegations from Greg McKay, the newly appointed director of the agency.

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