Starting next week, someone who wants to make a few bucks can whip up some tasty cookies in their kitchen and sell them down at the local farmer’s market with minimal regulations.Read More »
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By September 2010, the Arizona Department of Housing was sitting atop $268 million in federal money, which it was seeking to unload to help struggling homeowners here.
But since the program’s inception last year, it has helped only four homeowners and reduced their principles by a combined $62,000. On average, it lowered their monthly payments by $420.
As a place to do business and in matters related to public policy, personal freedom and taxation, Arizona is a solid “C” student. But can it afford to stay that way?Read More »
Given the Legislature’s recent propensity to override local control on city issues, a proposal to consolidate municipal elections likely has enough support to reach Gov. Jan Brewer’s desk. But if the governor’s attitude toward local control is any guide, it may not get as much support on the Ninth Floor.Read More »
GOP lawmakers’ annual battle with cities over what’s best for local government may be moving from the Legislature to the ballot box.Read More »
There has been a lot of hand-wringing over Klein's handgun escapades in the media, but her first public appearance since the story went national only attracted one reporter - ours.Read More »
ASU law professor Paul Bender believes the Arizona Supreme Court wrote an unnecessarily lengthy ruling and dissent to explain its decision for allowing him to remain as a nominee for the Independent Redistricting Commission in January.Read More »
A political feud in the tiny western Arizona town of Quartzsite that captured national headlines has been years in the making, with accusations flying between the mayor and town council and the second recall election of the year on the horizon.Read More »
Several years ago I attended a government commission meeting where an appointed chairman openly rejected an assistant attorney general’s recommendation to convene an executive session.
“No, I don’t think we need an executive session to talk about this,” the chairman said, to the best of my recollection.
It’s not that every — or even most — public bodies are eager to shut their doors to the public. It’s that confidence is inspired in government when the doors remain open when the real decision-making process begins.
A new law that goes into effect later this month is aimed at speeding up police misconduct investigations, but cases that involve criminal acts will continue to be prolonged, allowing accused officers to collect paychecks while awaiting the outcome of their cases in court.Read More »