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.Read More »
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.
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.Read More »
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.
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 »