House Speaker Andy Tobin is hopeful he can get at least 31 Republicans to support the House version. But he still thinks spending is too high.Read More »
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House Speaker Andy Tobin has steadfastly said there aren’t enough votes to pass Medicaid expansion through the House, although he seems to be the only one who still thinks that.
Most lawmakers, even ardent Medicaid expansion opponents, acknowledge there are enough votes to pass Medicaid expansion in the House, and that they have been there for several weeks.
But Tobin said there is still a single vote missing that makes all the difference: his.
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision on May 21 striking down Arizona’s ban on abortions after 20-weeks of pregnancy came as no surprise to most who were involved in the case, although for differing reasons. And now sights are on an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.Read More »
The fever pitch for economic development legislation has died down somewhat following signs of recovery and passage of blockbuster bills in the past two sessions. But lawmakers are still pushing job-creating legislation, which has been stalled for months over the ongoing budget stalemate.Read More »
Voters in the 2014 general election will decide whether Arizona can reject federal actions and programs that the Legislature or the voters deem unconstitutional.Read More »
Far from a “relatively minor expansion” of 57,000 Arizonans, Gov. Jan Brewer’s proposal could add as many as 450,000 people to AHCCCS. In addition to the expansion population, we will be adding those formerly eligible people who were frozen out in 2010.Read More »
The Arizona House of Representatives has advanced a measure that would require some high school students to learn about personal finance before graduating.Read More »
Across the state, education leaders in Arizona are trying to plan for the new school year with little information on how much state or federal funding they will receive. Education funding represents Arizona's largest expense, but it's unclear whether public schools will get more or less dollars when the new fiscal year begins in July.Read More »
Public school superintendents across Arizona say they aren't sure how many teachers they will be able to employ during the next school year because state lawmakers aren't providing answers.Read More »
Members of the state Legislature will see their pay cut this week as the session passes its 120th day and automatic cuts in their daily per diem payments are triggered.Read More »