As amended, the bill allows AHCCCS to adopt rules necessary to implement a program given available funds, providing the agency the ability to make changes to its services, eligibility and rates. Also, the bill contains an intent clause for certain transplant services that were eliminated last year to be funded, and a “notwithstanding” language that the Governor’s Office says gives the agency broad leeway to restore the services.Read More »
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Lawmakers this year said they strove to keep non-budget policy changes out of the budget package and, while many that were originally considered were removed, they couldn’t completely insulate the final compromise from policies whose ties to the budget are tenuous, at best.Read More »
While efforts to drastically change Arizona’s school finance system have not materialized in recent years at the Legislature, two lawsuits that aim to do that are creeping through Maricopa County Superior Court.Read More »
Requiring local governments to post audited comprehensive financial reports or the equivalent information on their websites would make it easier for citizens to see how tax dollars are spent, a state lawmaker said.Read More »
School districts are likely to see increases in English-language learners and the costs associated with the program after the federal government demanded that Arizona change a survey it uses to screen students, school officials and observers say.Read More »
The House Appropriations Committee is scheduled to hear budget bills Thursday, which could mean the governor and legislative leaders are inching closer towards a final budget compromise.Read More »
Legislative leaders said they are making strides in their talks with the governor over a budget proposal that would solve more than $540 million in deficit this year and another $1.2 billion in the next fiscal year.Read More »
It may be free from gimmicks and other accounting maneuvers, but the Senate’s budget could not escape the perennial inclusion of policy changes whose ties to actual budgeting are, at best, tenuous.Read More »
An Arizona substitute teacher has found himself in the middle of the state's polarizing immigration debate after he criticized Hispanic students in a letter to a state senator, saying a majority of students he recently taught refused to say the Pledge of Allegiance.Read More »
Supporters of the five controversial immigration measures that the Senate killed on Thursday made no attempt to revive the measures on Monday.
As a result, the bills are dead — but the ideas may still be resurrected.