As Gov. Jan Brewer prepares to leave office, her top aide is making plans for his life after the Brewer administration. Scott Smith, a longtime member of Brewer’s administration who has served as her chief of staff since late 2012, will join law and lobbying firm Ballard Spahr in January.Read More »
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One day before Gov. Jan Brewer fired Arizona Department of Administration Brian McNeil, the Governor’s Office received a complaint filed against him with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleging that he’d created a hostile work environment by making inappropriate comments about an employee’s ethnicity and gender.Read More »
Gov. Jan Brewer has fired Arizona Department of Administration Director Brian McNeil over what the administration described as a “personnel matter,” a move that stunned Capitol observers due to its peculiar timing and McNeil’s deep ties to the governor.Read More »
Gov. Jan Brewer’s general counsel Joe Sciarrotta will go from the Ninth Floor to the bench when his boss leaves office next year.Read More »
The state’s jobless rate dropped four-tenths of a point in April, the biggest month-over-month decline in decades and the first time the rate has been less than 7 percent since 2008.Read More »
The Arizona Department of Administration lifted a stay that had halted a multibillion-dollar contract for behavioral health services in Maricopa County, following a recommendation by an administrative law judge.Read More »
An administrative law judge recommended that the Arizona Department of Health Services move forward with a multibillion-dollar contract for behavioral health services in Maricopa County, rejecting an appeal by Magellan Health Services of Arizona, which argued that it should have received the contract instead.Read More »
The Department of Gaming director’s position that was recently vacated by Attorney General Tom Horne’s Republican primary opponent may end up being filled by one of Horne’s top staffers.Read More »
2010 decision to mortgage state’s assets threatens cash reserves
Borrowing billions of dollars allowed Arizona to limp through the worst financial crisis in its history. But the decision to mortgage state assets that include the House and Senate buildings has an unwanted underside: It precludes the state from having significant cash reserves.
Could have small impact on state government, big effect on Arizona economy
State agencies that rely heavily on federal funds won’t be affected much by the government shutdown, at least in the short term.