In an impassioned appeal, the state’s university regents are asking Gov. Jan Brewer to veto a bill that will allow guns to be carried on limited areas of college campuses.Read More »
Gov. Jan Brewer's plan to help balance the state's budget by providing government-paid health care to fewer lower-income Arizonans is headed to court.Read More »
Fiscally conservative Republicans won the argument when the governor agreed to forego borrowing and other budget gimmicks to help shore up the state’s sagging revenues, and the budget-slashing proposal was also a vindication for legislators who saw themselves as lone voices in the wilderness, warning for many years that politicians’ appetite for spending would one day come back to haunt them.
But a bigger, perhaps more critical fight looms.
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 »
The budget isn’t quite done yet.
Lawmakers are expected to vote again today on one of the budget bills that was originally approved last week after it was discovered they passed a version that included an amendment they never actually adopted.
Arizona Rep. Jeff Flake says he's raised more than $1 million for his effort to win a U.S. Senate seat being vacated by fellow Republican Jon Kyl in 2012.Read More »
Flagstaff schools are facing a $7 million budget gap in the district's $64 million operations budget despite a new 15 percent budget override approved by voters.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 »
Arizona's cash-strapped Medicaid program is considering charging patients $50 a year if they smoke, have diabetes or are overweight.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.