After two years in the “super-minority,” when his caucus was unnecessary for even a two-thirds vote by Republicans, House Minority Leader Chad Campbell is ready for Democrats to have a voice on the budget.Read More »
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The state’s highest election official concluded that Gov. Jan Brewer can’t seek another term, an idea she has floated a few times.Read More »
If Gov. Jan Brewer pushes for a state-run health insurance exchange or Medicaid expansion next session, there is little doubt that she’ll need more than just Republican votes.Read More »
Page Gonzales, Gov. Jan Brewer’s director of policy, is departing the Ninth Floor to become newly elected Maricopa County Supervisor Steve Chucri’s chief of staff.Read More »
The growing field of candidates eying the Ninth Floor in 2014 almost certainly can’t include Gov. Jan Brewer, according to election attorneys and other experts.Read More »
As Republican lawmakers begin to receive briefings on the budget deal that GOP leaders and the Governor’s Office agreed to in principle April 25, details are beginning to emerge.
The major sticking point between the two sides has been revenue projections — not just for the upcoming fiscal year, which begins July 1, but also for the following two years. Though Gov. Jan Brewer had been unwilling to adopt the Legislature’s more cautious revenue estimates, it appears she had a change of mind.
The Senate today gave final approval to a scaled-back proposal to allow religiously motivated employers to deny contraception coverage to their workers. The measure, which now only needs the governor’s signature to become law, sailed through after a passionate debate on the floor.Read More »
A year ago, the Arizona Legislature was just days away from adjournment of its annual legislative session, having already approved a state budget that included painful cuts to state services. But while lawmakers missed their self-imposed 2011 adjournment target of 100 days by just five hours, there's little chance the Legislature will come near as close this year.Read More »
Lawmakers will get a briefing this afternoon about the progress of budget negotiations with the governor.
This is the first concrete sign of movement on the budget front since talks over the state’s final spending plan began several weeks ago.
Gov. Jan Brewer’s long-awaited personnel reform plan, which will overhaul the state’s employment practices and make it easier to fire government employees, will finally get its first hearing in the Legislature on Thursday.Read More »