Local government is usually the last place the Legislature looks to find extra money, but the state budget deficit has forced lawmakers to take desperate steps. This year and last, cities and counties have been forced to pay bills that historically have been the state's responsibility. During the past year, lawmakers have taken money that was intended to pay for local services, limited cities' ability to collect fees, and hoisted new burdens onto the shoulders of city officials who are trying to overcome the same economic conditions that ravaged two consecutive state budgets.Read More »
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Sen. Jack Harper, a Republican from Surprise, has been appointed chairman of the Senate Finance Committee on Feb. 4.Read More »
Two incumbent lawmakers and a party officer were nominated to replace Jim Waring, a Phoenix Republican who resigned his Senate seat last month to run for Congress.Read More »
It took nearly a year, but lawmakers finally gave Gov. Jan Brewer the special election for a temporary sales tax increase she had been calling for since last March.Read More »
Sen. Jack Harper stood up during a discussion on the Senate floor to explain that it was a mistake for President Obama to advocate for changes to the "Don't ask, don't tell" directive that has kept gays and lesbians from serving openly in the U.S. military.Read More »
Sen. Jack Harper said he intended to craft a law that would stop "activist judges" from taking children away from heterosexual couples and giving custody to gay people. But the measure he is sponsoring would have a much broader impact on Arizona's adoption laws.Read More »
Secret plotting to balance Arizona's wildly out-of-whack budget got started in an east Phoenix restaurant best described as a hole-in-the- wall. What better place than a hole-in-the-wall to work on a budget full of holes?Read More »
Residents of Legislative District 6 will have to wait for a few more days before they will find out who their next state senator will be.Read More »
UPDATE: 4:14 p.m. The House will not be debating or voting on the other four special session bills today. Instead, they will do so next week.Read More »
After shooting down five straight ballot propositions to give state lawmakers a raise, Arizona voters may get a chance to give them pay cut instead.Read More »