House speaker proposes ballot measure on Medicaid expansion
Unable or unwilling to take on Medicaid expansion at the Capitol, House speaker Andy Tobin wants to ask voters in the state whether they want to expand Medicaid coverage. He is working on a resolution to send the question to the ballot in a special election this year.
Biggs’ budget plan does not include Brewer’s Medicaid expansion
Senate President Andy Biggs stepped forward Tuesday with a budget proposal similar to the one offered by Gov. Jan Brewer in January, but it defiantly does not include her Medicaid expansion plan.
Arizona public schools wait for budget answers
Across the state, education leaders in Arizona are trying to plan for the new school year with little information on how much state or federal funding they will receive. Education funding represents Arizona’s largest expense, but it’s unclear whether public schools will get more or less dollars when the new fiscal year begins in July.
Governor stops signing bills pending progress on Medicaid
Just when it looked like the Legislature couldn’t get any slower, Gov. Jan Brewer told legislative leaders to stop sending her bills altogether and if they do, the implied threat is that she will veto them.
Ariz. lawmakers slow work as big 3 issues remain
The Arizona Legislature has gone from the fast track to stuck in the mud as lawmakers have become bogged down by the three key issues: Medicaid, sales taxes and the state budget.
Legislature wants ballots to detail tax increases
A bill requiring ballots for municipal and county bond elections to contain details of the debt and how they’ll increase property taxes has passed the Arizona House.
Lawmakers aim high in budget talks
Small-group discussions have begun on the state budget, offering rank- and-file lawmakers their first chance to give input on next year’s spending plan, and nearly everyone has a pet priority they want funded.
Heroes and traitors: Medicaid debate forces lawmakers to take sides on budget
When discussing the progress made in budget negotiations so far this year, Senate President Andy Biggs reminded the Arizona Capitol Times that patience is a virtue.
State revenue outlook remains uncertain
Despite weeks of budget discussions, the governor and Republican lawmakers still haven’t agreed on how much the state will get in revenues over the next three years.
New reports show Arizona CPS still struggling
Arizona’s struggling child-welfare agency faces a continuing increase in its backload of cases while the number of caseworkers remains short of the state’s own standards.
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