Legislative leaders say the governor exceeded her constitutional authority in some of her line-item vetoes of budget bills this month, but they decided against taking the matter to court. Gov. Jan Brewer said she "absolutely" stands by her action, adding she didn't give much thought to the lawmakers' statement that she doesn't have authority to line-item veto items that don't have to do with appropriations.Read More »
House Speaker-elect David Gowan of Sierra Vista announced committee chairmanships for a total of 19 ...
Governor-elect Doug Ducey campaigned on the slogan “opportunity for all.” For some lawmakers, the bi...
The fact that politics may have been involved in drawing legislative lines is no reason to declare t...
The successful gubernatorial candidate who promised to balance the budget without tax hikes or borro...
The powerful Appropriations Committee of the Arizona House is getting a new chairman. Term limits...
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Lawmakers get a fresh start in budget negotiations come January, when the next legislative session k...
Some state employees might have to look for new jobs before Feb. 1, when a budget amendment requiring a 5 percent reduction in state employees must be carried out.Read More »
Facing the prospect of difficult elections ahead, three Arizona Democrats are stocking up on campaign cash - with help from their colleagues and leaders in Washington.Read More »
A recently passed state law intended to help small Arizona banks recoup enormous financial losses incurred through waves of foreclosure was quietly stripped from statute as part of a budget agreement signed by Gov. Jan Brewer on Sept. 4.Read More »
The uneasy stalemate that ended this year's budget battle didn't answer many questions, and the new ones it raises loom large as Gov. Jan Brewer and the Legislature look to what will probably be an even tougher fight ahead.Read More »
Legislative leaders from both parties were guardedly optimistic they would reach an agreement when they began negotiating a solution to the fiscal 2010 deficit with the governor last month, and even when it appeared the talks were faltering, some saw hope as long as the parties kept talking.Read More »
Caught in what could be described as a perfect storm, the Arizona arts community is struggling to stay afloat. Hit by reductions in public funding, cutbacks by corporate donors and a skittish audience that is staying home, arts advocates nevertheless are following that long-standing tradition - the show must go on.Read More »
Lawmakers may shift the responsibility for education funding to local property owners as a way of coping with staggering budget deficits in the near future, even though it would translate to higher property taxes.Read More »
Retired Supreme Court Justice and Arizona icon Sandra Day O'Connor is spearheading an effort to make major structural changes to state government in advance of the 2012 centennial. "We love this state and see the need for a few changes," she said.Read More »
Legislative Republicans may have to reconcile themselves to at least one year of the state equalization property tax. It would be theoretically possible to repeal the tax retroactively during the next legislative session, so that property owners would be reimbursed for the taxes already paid under the equalization rate. But any lawmaker hoping to do so can expect fierce opposition from county treasurers.Read More »