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.Read More »
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.Read More »
TUCSON — The troubled Tucson school district is thinking of dropping its $10 million software system after years of trying to get it working properly.Read More »
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.Read More »
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.Read More »
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.Read More »
This year's state budget took a tumultuous path, pitting Republicans against each other, trying the patience of Democrats, leaving outside observers in the dark and breaking nearly every possible protocol before ending up on the desk of Gov. Jan Brewer. This was clearly nothing anybody learned in a high school civics class.Read More »
The citizen referendum against Gov. Jan Brewer’s Medicaid expansion has begun.
The United Republican Alliance of Principled Conservatives, which is headed up by former Sens. Frank Antenori and Ron Gould, took out petitions for a citizen referendum this morning at the Secretary of State’s Office in Tucson. The group has until Sept. 11 to collect 86,405 valid signatures to refer Brewer’s expansion plan to the November 2014 ballot.
The bipartisan budget put together by Gov. Jan Brewer and her allies would spend $8.8 billion in fiscal year 2014, a 3.46 percent increase from current spending levels.Read More »
The state Senate approved Gov. Jan Brewer's Medicaid expansion plan on an 18-11 vote this afternoon, sending it to the governor for her signature.
The Senate's approval of Medicaid and a state budget occurred after the House of Representatives worked into the early morning hours to approve the budget and Medicaid plan, with supporters giving opponents the silent treatment through the entire discussion of the $8.8 billion budget.