Gov. Jan Brewer threw a counterpunch at GOP lawmakers following the Monday release of their budget plan, ordering a halt to meetings between the two sides’ budget staffs until the legislative budget plan is changed to address some of her key concerns.Read More »
Disgraced former Fiesta Bowl CEO John Junker pleaded guilty to a felony in Maricopa County Superior Court today and implicated a lobbyist as the brains behind a scheme to have employees reimbursed by the bowl for their political campaign contributions.Read More »
Despite a clear sign that the governor is unhappy with their budget plan, Republican lawmakers swiftly approved the proposal during simultaneous committee hearings in the House and Senate this morning.Read More »
Legislative leaders are pushing ahead with their budget proposal after efforts to get the governor involved have failed.
But in going ahead, lawmakers risk alienating Gov. Jan Brewer, who has a competing budget plan.
The move could also spur the sides to begin meeting on the state’s spending plan.
A coalition that has been working on a ballot measure since last summer to extend the 1-cent sales tax increase for education and other uses formed a campaign committee on Thursday and immediately put $50,000 into its war chest.Read More »
A House committee approved Gov. Jan Brewer’s vaunted personnel plan, giving the bill its first step toward passage, despite the warnings of public sector unions and government workers who spent hours urging lawmakers not to eliminate their civil service protections.Read More »
A power struggle over who has the authority to set the state’s energy policies has erupted with a bill that would make the Arizona Corporation Commission answerable to the Legislature and governor.Read More »
Attorneys for Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer have asked a federal judge to consolidate two of the three remaining challenges to the state's 2010 immigration enforcement law.Read More »
A state Senate committee has approved a bill requiring one state elected official to remain in a secure location for big events like inaugurations and the state of the state address.Read More »
Arizona legislators have approved emergency legislation to ban new versions of synthetic drugs called "bath salts."Read More »