At Brewer’s request, all state agency heads were required to submit reports detailing the effects 15-20 percent spending reductions would have on their departments. Those reports, which were due Oct. 9, are intended partly to demonstrate to the Legislature that sizeable cuts would have dramatic consequences, according to Brewer spokesman Paul Senseman.Read More »
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It looks like Arizona won’t have to spend $100 million to put state budget information online. In fact, not even close. The cost of the Financial Transparency Web site scheduled to be launched in 2011 is estimated to cost $740,000, according to a Sept. 1 report by the General Accounting Office.Read More »
Unveiled in 1998, the Ernest W. McFarland Memorial uses photographs etched in metal to guide visitors through iconic moments in a life that included service as U.S. Senate majority leader, Arizona governor and state Supreme Court chief justice.Read More »
Arizona's Latinos need to stand up and be counted in the 2010 census or face losing representation in Congress, a voice for the community and money for social services, a panel of elected officials and activists said Oct. 1.Read More »
Lawmakers and the governor said legislation passed earlier this year that limits development-impact fees is legal, despite threats of a lawsuit from municipalities. A spokesman for Brewer said she wasn't concerned about a lawsuit. "I think the governor's comfortable with the legality of what she's signed," Paul Senseman said.Read More »
When Arizona's second Independent Redistricting Commission convenes in 2011, it will have an advantage that its predecessor didn't - precedent. The first commission, created by a 2000 amendment to the Arizona Constitution to redraw the state's legislative and congressional districts, faced the prospect of ballot initiatives, new legislation and years of court challenges stemming from disputes over the way it determined district boundaries.Read More »
A special House panel will hold the first of three meetings next week to examine whether the state's private school tuition tax credit program works properly. Rep. Rick Murphy, a Peoria Republican appointed to chair the Private School Tuition Tax Credit Review Committee, said the goal will be to evaluate the effectiveness of the program, not debate the merits of school choice. He said the committee will be "more utilitarian than ideological."Read More »
A Maricopa County Superior Court judge has granted a preliminary injunction against new state laws that place restrictions on abortion. Although the decision has been embraced by state Democrats, the Republican co-sponsor of both bills said it's another case of courts infringing on the territory of the Legislature.Read More »
The State Parks Board, with the approval of the Joint Legislative Budget Committee, released about $7 million to finish nearly completed projects that were put on hold in February. About $50 million of the parks budget was swept as part of state budget cuts and about a third of the agency was laid off, said Ellen Bilbrey, a public information officer for the Parks Board. In the process, Heritage Fund grants were suspended.Read More »
Arizona outspent all but one state on police protection and corrections as a percentage of overall state and local expenditures while its education spending ranked 38th in U.S. Census Bureau data released Wednesday (Sept. 30).Read More »