Judge dismisses lawsuit challenging Florence mine permit
CASA GRANDE — A judge has dismissed a lawsuit challenging the state’s decision to award a ground-water protection permit to Curis Resources for its planned copper mine in Florence.
Authorities debate whether lavish economic development incentives are worth the price
Arizona’s city, county and state governments are handing out billions in economic development incentives to attract business — but not without resistance from critics who dispute their necessity.
Brewer’s slow-down warning leaves 100s of bills waiting in legislative pipeline
The impasse between Gov. Jan Brewer and Republican legislative leadership over Medicaid expansion, sales tax reform and Common Core educational standards has left many lawmakers reluctant to send her their bills for fear of encountering a veto.
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.
AZ Senate revives vetoed medical care pricing bill
The Arizona Senate voted Monday to revive the major provisions of a medical pricing transparency bill that was vetoed by Gov. Jan Brewer just last week.
Regent proposes new tuition category for ‘Dreamers’
A member of the Arizona Board of Regents suggested creating a special new tuition category for university students whose parents brought them to United States illegally when they were children.
Prosecutor warns against violating new drug law
The top prosecutor in Arizona’s most populous county is warning sellers of synthetic versions of marijuana, ecstasy and cocaine that they could face prosecution under legislation recently signed into law.
Bill seeks to derail planned casino near Glendale
Federal legislation was introduced Tuesday to try to stop the Tohono O’odham Nation from building a casino near Glendale.
Lawmakers effort to halt newspaper notices stalls
What’s become a yearly effort at the Arizona Legislature to end a requirement for governments to publish notices in newspapers has hit a major snag in the Senate.
Optimism abounds on revenue districts, but Biggs still has his doubts
Advocates of a financing mechanism that would allow cities to bond against future tax revenues to fund special projects are hoping 2013 will be a year of success after running into roadblocks in the past several legislative sessions. But the foe who blocked a similar proposal two years ago appears poised to strike it down once again.
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