Pullen backs Brewer Medicaid plan
Once again, Randy Pullen is coming to Gov. Jan Brewer’s defense at a time when she needs allies on the right.
Pullen, the former chairman of the Arizona Republican Party, penned a letter urging Republicans to support Brewer’s plan to expand Medicaid coverage in accordance with President Obama’s Affordable Care Act.
Judge partially tosses 2011 pension reductions for sitting judges
A Maricopa County Superior Court judge ruled that a law reducing pension benefits for members of the judiciary violates the Arizona Constitution, but only for those who were on the bench before 2000.
Sales tax reform struggles, but supporters urge action this year
Gov. Jan Brewer and some Arizona lawmakers are determined to pass her plan to simplify the state’s tax code this year, but municipalities are just as determined to delay at least one portion of the governor’s proposal that they argue could do irreparable harm to their finances.
Legislature lags behind on budget negotiations — and forecast is not optimistic
The Legislature is well past the midway point of an ideal 100-day session. But with several big issues still hanging in the air, and not even a legislative budget proposal drafted, finishing the session promises to be anything but quick and easy.
ICE director defends release of illegal immigrants from jails
The director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement on Tuesday defended his agency’s decision to release more than 2,000 illegal immigrants last month, saying it was necessary to keep the agency within its budget.
Arizona court won’t overturn use of foreclosure settlement
An appellate court panel has upheld Arizona’s use of part of a multistate foreclosure settlement to help balance the state budget.
Arizona land trust endowment tops $4 billion
The account that holds and invests money from the sale of Arizona trust land has topped $4 billion for the first time ever.
Governor’s Office: If no Medicaid expansion, what’s your plan?
Gov. Jan Brewer’s Medicaid expansion plan has no shortage of critics, but for those opponents, the Ninth Floor wants to know the answer to one question — what’s the alternative?
Arizona braces for federal budget cuts
Across the state, Arizonans are bracing for federal spending cuts that will take effect Friday barring compromise between President Barack Obama and the House Republican leadership over a plan to reduce the national debt.
Court strikes down Ariz. law on school bond money
The Arizona Court of Appeals has ruled that a 2010 state law allowing school districts to spend unused bond money without asking voters is unconstitutional.
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