Weary of scrounging for solutions to a relentless financial mess, some Arizona lawmakers have changed from criticizing budget gimmicks to shrugging and accepting probably the most blatant one of all.Read More »
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Goldwater Institute attorney Nick Dranias said he crafted his recently filed matching funds arguments with a very specific audience in mind: the U.S. Supreme Court’s more liberal members.Read More »
If the federal government wants to borrow money, states should have a say in it, Republican lawmakers and a representative of the Goldwater Institute said Wednesday morning.Read More »
The Goldwater Institute has named retiring U.S. Rep. John Shadegg of Arizona as a senior fellow.Read More »
Christopher Smith, a former Senate staff member and capitol lobbyist, died Saturday, Dec. 18 in Phoenix.Read More »
Gov. Jan Brewer plans to propose significant changes to the state's personnel system, possibly including a reduction of current job protections held by many workers.Read More »
Arizona’s Clean Elections system may rise from the dead just long enough to slap the people who are dancing on its grave.
Rep. Ted Vogt, a Tucson Republican, plans to introduce a bill that would drastically raise the campaign contribution limits for privately funded candidates. But the voter-approved law that created the Clean Elections system may require a three-fourths vote in the Legislature to change the contribution limits, which could slam the door on a proposal that’s certain to face stiff opposition.
“We can’t just give the Legislature the finger and ignore them. They raised some legitimate concerns, although antagonistically.” — Mick Rusing, a member of the Commission on Appellate Court Appointments, on having to convene again after Republican legislative leaders complained about the slate of nominees sent to them.Read More »
Republican lawmakers and the governor are moving ahead with a tax-reduction plan they say would enable Arizona to attract more businesses and jobs to the state, even though the likely result would be a heavier tax burden for homeowners.Read More »
An alcoholic’s first step toward recovery is to admit being powerless to stop drinking even though it’s making life unmanageable.
Now a Tucson lawmaker wants to use the same approach to the state’s addiction to borrowing.
Rep. Vic Williams, a Republican from Tucson, said he plans to introduce a bill that would require the state to report annually all borrowing, as well as effect it will have on the state’s general fund.