Brewer: State won’t pick up tab to keep Grand Canyon open during shutdown
Gov. Jan Brewer met this afternoon with members of her cabinet to discuss preparations for a possible shutdown of the federal government, which would affect a wide array of Arizona agencies and services, and even the Grand Canyon State’s namesake.
Budget windfall generates optimism and warnings to avoid past mistakes
Top lawmakers and economists urge patience now that the state finds itself with a bounty of unforeseen cash to toy with at the Capitol in 2014.
Feds award $5.3 million to help seven Arizona cities add police officers
Federal grants worth $5.3 million will fund 43 new law enforcement positions in seven Arizona communities, officials said Thursday.
Through a competitive grant process, the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) awarded the funding to address specific law enforcement challenges.
Brewer boasts better-than-expected budget surplus
Gov. Jan Brewer touted a year-ending budget surplus that’s about $200 million more than was expected, which the governor attributed to the improving economy and her “sound fiscal leadership.”
In a press statement on Monday, Brewer said the state had an estimated cash balance of about $895 million at the end of fiscal year 2013. The budget approved by lawmakers and Brewer in June estimated a surplus of about $694 million.
Charter schools sue over reduction in voter-approved education funds
A group of charter schools is suing the Arizona Department of Education, alleging it is illegally reducing voter-approved funds for teacher pay raises and the classroom.
City officials worry about state’s convention center investment safeguard
Phoenix officials are worried that a provision imposed by the Legislature to ensure a return on its investment in the Phoenix Convention Center will cause the state to withhold sales tax revenue from the city.
Troubled Tucson schools eye ending software system
TUCSON — The troubled Tucson school district is thinking of dropping its $10 million software system after years of trying to get it working properly.
Report: State gets close to half of revenue from feds, near top in nation
WASHINGTON – Almost half of Arizona’s general revenues came from federal funds in fiscal 2011, the third-highest share in the nation, according to a recent report from the Tax Foundation.
Lobbyists look back on 2013 session: Stellar year for businesses, could have been worse for environmentalists
With the unpredictable dynamics in the Legislature this year — a fractured Republican caucus tearing at each other, while the newly- empowered minority party focused mostly on one issue — some major lobbying groups at the Capitol had trouble getting their legislation through.
AG blames Democrats for state budget cut
Attorney General Tom Horne sniped at Democrats for eliminating a $1.2 million fund that has been used for combating Mexican drug cartels in southern Arizona since 2009.
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