WASHINGTON – Banks are neglecting foreclosed homes in minority neighborhoods compared to those in white communities, according to a housing advocacy group that said it will file Fair Housing Act complaints over the supposed practice.Read More »
Senators Tuesday approved legislation to allow companies to self-audit and keep the information “privileged” when they discover violations of environmental laws. That information, if it is contained in a self-audit, also can’t also be used as evidence in a civil or administrative proceeding.Read More »
Gov. Jan Brewer used a veto of a Tucson development district bill to send a lengthy message to legislators about her budget priorities. Brewer's letter explaining the veto Monday of the Rio Nuevo Multipurpose Facilities District says it is unwise to approve legislation with spending or tax changes before there's agreement on a new state budget.Read More »
Three proposed changes to landlord-tenant laws — one of which has already passed — have drawn the support of landlord attorneys and the ire of tenants’ rights groups.Read More »
An ambitious economic development bill meant to be a follow-up to the 2011 Arizona Competitiveness Package will jettison some of its more contentious provisions due to the Ninth Floor’s concerns that it will cost too much money.
But lawmakers and business groups pushing the bill say they’re optimistic that an agreement will be reached with Gov. Jan Brewer to cut state taxes on capital gains — the core component of the bill — even if they’re unable to achieve the outright elimination many GOP legislators sought earlier in the session.
Arizona’s largest hospital group announced today it is dropping a lawsuit that seeks to undo the state’s decision to cut reimbursement rates to Medicaid providers, a move that comes just days after a federal judge upheld the cuts.Read More »
The former head of computer chip maker Intel says Arizona's future rests on the success of elementary and high-school students and he's urging businesses to take a more aggressive role in shaping the state's education policy.Read More »
Arizona's redistricting commission is getting more money so it can keep going while its new congressional and legislative district maps await federal approval and possible legal challenges.Read More »
An economic development bill championed by Rep. J.D. Mesnard and House Speaker Andy Tobin passed the Senate Appropriations Committee with unanimous GOP support, but several Republicans said they had concerns about the measure and even the bill’s sponsor said it’s likely to undergo changes.Read More »
Arizona's tax collections in February dropped from the same month a year ago, raising questions about its impact on the state's fiscal situation.Read More »