Report claims Medicaid expansion will result in 90 percent increase in enrollment
A free-market advocacy group claims that the decision by Gov. Jan Brewer to expand the state’s Medicaid program will immediately increase the number of people in the program by nearly 90 percent.
Energy regulators approve smaller solar surcharge
In a blow to Arizona Public Service, energy regulators agreed a few minutes ago to a compromise proposal charging users of solar rooftop panels with a fixed fee of 70 cents per kilowatt.
The new charge, which will begin next year, is only a fraction of what Arizona Public Service sought – which was to reduce savings from the solar incentive by roughly half.
Brewer: State won’t pick up tab to keep Grand Canyon open during shutdown
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.
Ariz. jobless rate rises to 8.3 percent in August
Arizona’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose to 8.3 percent in August as the state’s economy added jobs overall even as some sectors recorded losses.
The July seasonally adjusted rate was 8 percent.
Rural/Metro files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy
Ambulance and fire protection services provider Rural/Metro Corp. said Sunday that it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization, after reaching a deal with its lenders to cut its debt by about half.
Health care system’s new CEO to start in September
The new chief executive and president of Maricopa County’s public health care system is expected to start his new job at the end of September.
Steve Purves was hired to succeed Betsey Bayless as the Maricopa Integrated Health System’s top leader.
City officials worry about state’s convention center investment safeguard
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.
Ariz. failed to pass millions in aid to homeowners
Arizona has failed to pass along millions of dollars given to the state from Washington to help struggling homeowners avoid foreclosure.
Small businesses welcome ‘Obamacare’ delay
The Obama administration’s decision to delay an employer-mandate in the Affordable Care Act has earned the praise of Arizona businesses but has left political observers concerned about rising costs and the possibility for further delays.
Report: State gets close to half of revenue from feds, near top in nation
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.
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