The Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association is criticizing Gov. Jan Brewer's revised plan to cut the state's Medicaid program to help balance the state budget.Read More »
Arizona's Medicaid director says the state's economy would be crippled if the state ends its health care program for low-income people as proposed under a bill advancing in the Senate.Read More »
The state Senate Appropriations Committee on Tuesday holds a hearing likely to center on controversial funding cuts proposed by Gov. Jan Brewer to help balance the next state budget.Read More »
An Arizona State University economist says spending cuts proposed by Gov. Jan Brewer to help balance the state budget would subtract more jobs from the state's economy than the alternative of raising taxes.Read More »
Those unpaid furlough days for Arizona state employees would be a thing of the past under Gov. Jan Brewer's proposed new state budget.Read More »
Amid all the dark budget news in Arizona, the recently launched state budget transparency website provides taxpayers with a ray of light. This new website — Arizona OpenBooks (//openbooks.az.gov) — while far from perfect, should bring transparency and greater accountability to future state budgets.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.
The ramifications of state budget cuts to AHCCCS have come home to roost, as evidenced by the story in this morning's New York Times about what it called "death by budget cut."Read More »
Arizona's Medicaid program plans to reduce its payment rates to hospitals, doctors and other health care providers by 5 percent but not until April 1.Read More »