It may be free from gimmicks and other accounting maneuvers, but the Senate’s budget could not escape the perennial inclusion of policy changes whose ties to actual budgeting are, at best, tenuous.Read More »
Voters overwhelmingly approved a temporary sales tax increase last May to help balance the state budget, with the sales pitch emphasizing that approval would help protect funding for education and other services.Read More »
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer says the spending cuts included in a Republican budget-balancing plan approved by the state Senate go too far.Read More »
The governing board overseeing the Maricopa County Community College District is weighing whether to raise tuition rates by 7 percent as it anticipates deep funding cuts by the state.Read More »
Senate President Russell Pearce, Arizona’s most prominent anti-illegal immigration firebrand, has always argued that illegal immigration and the state’s budget woes are inseparable. But the two issues may have formed a diptych in ways that many, including Pearce, probably did not anticipate.Read More »
The Senate budget’s most novel aspect is the clearest indication of the chamber’s ideological moorings yet.Read More »
Despite all the raw emotions it stirred and all the opposition it encountered, the Senate’s budget-slashing and gimmicks-busting proposal isn’t going to be state’s final spending plan.
Its most contentious aspects, more likely than not, will be softened and its most ragged edges smoothed out before it wins support in the House of Representatives and with Gov. Jan Brewer.
In a move that potentially sets the stage for a showdown with Gov. Jan Brewer, the Senate late Wednesday passed a budget proposal that cuts more than what the governor called for in January and rejects many of her accounting maneuvers to erase the fiscal deficit.Read More »
The Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association is criticizing Gov. Jan Brewer's revised plan to cut the state's Medicaid program to help balance the state budget.Read More »
The Arizona Senate has canceled its regular proceedings for Wednesday so the chamber can consider a budget plan proposed by the Republican majority.Read More »