Legislators say public expectations are one of the challenges they face as states' budget troubles continue.Read More »
Like many states grappling with record-breaking budget deficits, Arizona has had to cut back on its health care and social services. What makes Arizona unique is the extent it has gone to save money — by restricting coverage of certain transplant procedures, arguing that they are optional or palliative. Yet the cuts are putting vulnerable Arizonans at risk of dying without the money to pay for procedures that may save their lives.Read More »
The national spotlight that lit up Arizona when lawmakers passed SB 1070 will be back sooner than some anticipated.Read More »
Arizona school officials are bracing for more and deeper budget cuts as the state faces continued shortfalls.Read More »
Businesses that are hoping for immediate tax cuts from the Legislature next session should plan on being disappointed.
Even the most ardent tax cutters in the Legislature say it would be impossible to balance the budget next session while cutting corporate taxes.
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House Speaker Kirk Adams issued committee assignments Nov. 12, making Rep. Jerry Weiers chair of the powerful House Rules Committee.Read More »
“If I’m lucky enough to spot any of them at the Capitol this session, I’ll ask them.” — Rep. John Kavanagh, when asked if he expects Democrats to support a proposal to give the Legislature more authority over money the federal government gives to the state.Read More »
As soon as First Things First survived the Legislature’s bid to dismantle the agency and take its money, the program had a surprising message for its would-be executioners: We’re willing to help.Read More »
Arizona's budget troubles could prompt lawmakers to seriously consider changing criminal sentencing laws to reduce or slow the costly growth of the state's prison population, two legislators said Tuesday.Read More »
Just days after Sen. Russell Pearce promised he would hold off on a proposal to end birthright citizenship, several Republican lawmakers said they would move it forward instead.Read More »