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Gowan, Olson blocking swift JTED fix

JTED advocates say a reversal of the cuts to the career and technical education programs made in the FY16 budget must be made by the end of January, lest entire programs be shuttered and teachers be given pink slips. “If the Legislature waits until March to do it in the main budget, there will be major damage to the JTEDs for no reason, since everyone agrees this cut needs to be reversed,” one advocate told our reporter.

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DCS gets two thumbs down at JLBC hearing

Lawmakers this afternoon voiced their displeasure with the progress, or lack thereof, at DCS in the tenure of Director Greg McKay. At a JLBC hearing, lawmakers cast a bipartisan vote to accept a DCS report on the agency’s progress towards benchmarks set for the first quarter of FY2016 with an “unfavorable review.”

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One more time, with feeling

Biggs, E. Farnsworth and Peterson today announced their plans to defund Planned Parenthood facilities in the wake of renewed calls here and nationally to put a financial squeeze on the organization. In a news release, the trio said they would sponsor the legislation in 2016. However, the lawmakers didn’t specify how.

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Signed sealed and argued over (access required)

The Legislative Council met yesterday to adopt its analysis of Prop 123, the K-12 settlement deal that will appear in May’s special election, and the point of contention was whether the election’s publicity pamphlet should include the fact that the ...

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Is the other shoe about to drop? (access required)

As previously noted, Brnovich’s decision to seek Bitter Smith’s ouster from the commission stemmed from a complaint that attorney Tom Ryan filed against the commissioner. But what’s not included in Brnovich’s Nov. 30 petition to the court is a key ...

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