Although he calls it a mere “clean-up bill,” Senate President Russell Pearce is pushing legislation to tighten immigration laws by denying illegal immigrants access to public benefits, from operating or titling vehicles to enrolling in community colleges.Read More »
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Logic says it is too early to claim that the Arizona Competitiveness Package is already bringing jobs to the state, but that didn’t stop Gov. Jan Brewer from taking advantage of a technology giant’s fortuitous timing.Read More »
The day-by-day, play-by-play account of how one of the most sweeping tax cut packages was passed.Read More »
Another domino from Sen. Jon Kyl’s retirement announcement last week fell Feb. 17, as former state Senate Majority Leader Chuck Gray announced he is running for Congress to replace Jeff Flake, who on Feb. 14 said he is entering the Senate race.Read More »
In 2010, a jobs bill passed the House and died, but its resurrection shows how Arizona politics gets done in 2011.
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has signed a massive economic development bill laden with business tax cuts.Read More »
A massive economic development bill laden with business tax cuts awaits Gov. Jan Brewer's expected signature.Read More »
Senate Minority Leader David Schapira has selected Linda McNulty to serve on the Independent Redistricting Commission, making the Pima County Democrat the fourth and final legislative appointment to the body charged with redrawing the state’s legislative and congressional districts.Read More »
Despite strong objections from Democrats and some Republicans, the Senate leadership Tuesday evening pushed ahead to debate the jobs bill, a maneuver that moves the business-tax-cutting legislation closer to passage.
Having cleared the debate, the bill now goes to the full Senate for a formal “aye” or “nay” vote, which is expected on Wednesday, Feb. 16.
Whether the measure has sufficient support to pass — it needs only 16 votes — is uncertain.
The birthright legislation has taken a backseat after lawmakers convened in a special session Monday to tackle a bill that aims to cut taxes as a way to attract businesses to Arizona.Read More »