While the battles Wisconsin Republicans waged against their state’s teachers unions dominated news coverage in a made-for-television drama, their legislative counterparts in Arizona moved against government employees with far less fanfare.Read More »
The Arizona Supreme Court won't hear an appeal of a court ruling that Arizona cities have broad powers to impose development impact fees.Read More »
This week's most outstanding and noteworthy comments.Read More »
Fiscally conservative Republicans won the argument when the governor agreed to forego borrowing and other budget gimmicks to help shore up the state’s sagging revenues, and the budget-slashing proposal was also a vindication for legislators who saw themselves as lone voices in the wilderness, warning for many years that politicians’ appetite for spending would one day come back to haunt them.
But a bigger, perhaps more critical fight looms.
A state Court of Appeals decision upholds the Arizona Corporation Commission's requirement that regulated electric utilities get some of their power from solar and other renewable sources.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 »
Bumpy road for flat tax proposal Supporters call it fair, but opponents say it raises taxes on the poor
With Republicans firmly in control of the Capitol, the proposal to flatten the state’s individual income tax enjoyed a renaissance of a sort this year, albeit a brief one.Read More »
The United States Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments Monday whether Arizona's Clean Elections system can legally provide matching funds to candidates.Read More »
Goldwater Institute President & CEO Darcy Olsen said that, contrary to what Grant Woods said in yesterday's report, she continues to work with Chicago businessman Matthew Hulsizer to resolve his purchase of the Phoenix Coyotes.Read More »
A "flat tax" bill to rewrite the state individual income tax is nearing the finish line at the Legislature, setting the stage for changes that would have the Arizona's wealthiest taxpayers paying less while nearly nine of every 10 Arizonans pay more.Read More »