Caught between her vow to hold the line on education funding and a Legislature determined to structurally balance the budget for the first time in years, Gov. Jan Brewer prodded lawmakers to make compromises that gave both sides most of what they wanted.Read More »
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Near the end of the process, after months of debate, House and Senate negotiators needed some additional revenue in order to balance the state’s budget.Read More »
A senior House Republican is working to revive one of the five immigration bills that the Senate killed last month.Read More »
Building the Arizona Brand: Faced with a total fund sweep, the tourism industry says it’s worth the investment
Arizona’s moderate winters, diverse geography and year-round golfing have long been a draw for visitors from around the country and the world. From the awe-inspiring vistas of the Grand Canyon and Sedona’s red rocks to the rich history of Route 66 and Tombstone, the state offers something for just about everyone. The mere existence of these attractions isn’t enough, some say. Making sure would-be visitors actually step foot — and spend money — in Arizona requires investment at the state level. Those in the tourism industry say the state’s appeal needs to be fostered and its promotion consistently funded.Read More »
Republicans in the House may soon be put in the sticky situation of having to choose between two conflicting principles that form the bedrock of their party’s views on personal liberty: property rights and gun rights.Read More »
It’s no joke – the House has passed a budget on April Fool’s day, after nearly 17 hours of deliberation and discussion that began the previous afternoon.
Discussions started at 3:30 p.m. yesterday in the House Appropriations Committee. From there, the bills moved through the House Rules Committee, then the Committee of the Whole, and finally to a vote. The House finally adjourned at 8 a.m. today.
The House this morning pushed back a long-awaited hearing of Senate budget bills passed earlier this month, but the chairman of the House Appropriations Committee said the spending plan will definitely be considered later today.Read More »
Legislative leaders said they are making strides in their talks with the governor over a budget proposal that would solve more than $540 million in deficit this year and another $1.2 billion in the next fiscal year.Read More »
A state Senate committee on Tuesday voted along party lines in favor of legislation to remove some inscription panels from the state's Sept. 11 memorial.Read More »
After a day of budget negotiations, House and Senate Republican leaders are awaiting a counterproposal from Gov. Jan Brewer.Read More »