The first bill filed in the Legislature for next year's regular session seeks to curb statewide politicians' use of public money for self-promotion. The idea is not new. Similar legislation was filed in the past with no success.Read More »
With marriage licenses just starting to be issued to gay couples across the state, lawmakers are alr...
The Arizona Department of Revenue will delay the implementation of a key provision of Gov. Jan Brewe...
Senate President Andy Biggs and 26 other Republican lawmakers oppose passage of a $935 million bond ...
Richard Stavneak, director of the Joint Budget Legislative Committee, said the $1 billion budget gap...
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Legislative leaders have said a special legislative session to address part of the state's $2 billion deficit will begin today (Nov. 17), but Senate Republicans might have to rely on a vote or two from Democrats to pass all of the legislation on tap.Read More »
A special session to deal with agency funding and other loose ends from the budget may still happen this week, but according to Gov. Jan Brewer's travel itinerary, she's planning for the likelihood that it won't.Read More »
Two of the states hit hardest by the Great Recession-California and Michigan-are bracing for an even tougher time making ends meet next year, putting big spending cuts or outright elimination of some services on the table, top budget officials from both states said Nov. 13.Read More »
Opening Arizona to competition by companies providing electricity could lower rates and give providers more incentive to act wisely when considering investments on infrastructure, experts told a group of state lawmakers Nov. 12.Read More »
Draft versions of the bills lawmakers are expected to consider this week in a special legislative session show about $300 million in spending cuts to education and social services, as well as the restoration of funding for high-tech economic development.Read More »
Arizona's 49th Legislature has been tasked with keeping the state financially afloat during the most troubling economic times in state history. But the choices lawmakers made this year in an effort to balance the budget have led to six lawsuits challenging the state's use of fund sweeps to fill in deficits.Read More »
The Citizens Clean Elections Commission has renewed a $6,500-per-month contract with lobbyist Mike Williams, setting up another battle over the fate of the public campaign-funding system. Todd Lang, director of the Clean Elections Commission, said hiring a lobbyist was necessary to protect a system he credits with increasing political participation of the public and encouraging people to run for office.Read More »
Barring any surprises, Gov. Jan Brewer is expected to call the Legislature into special session in the next few days. But her 1-cent sales tax hike won't be on the table - at least not this time. Still up in the air is the possibility of doing a second special session, possibly in December, for another round of cuts and potentially approving revenue generating options.Read More »
Chris Deschene hasn't even finished his first term as a legislator and he's already eyeing higher office and laying the groundwork for a statewide campaign.Read More »