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Senate OKs cutting funds for cities that flout state law

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The Arizona Senate has approved a proposal that would cut state shared revenue from cities or towns that pass regulations conflicting with state law.

All 17 Republicans present Wednesday voted for the bill and all 12 Democrats voted no.

The bill by Senate President Andy Biggs would penalize cities and towns after an investigation by the attorney general. They would have 30 days to rescind the action or lose their state revenue. The state sent $600 million to cities and towns last year.

Biggs says his Senate Bill 1487 rightly penalizes municipalities that fail to enforce state law.

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2 comments

  1. so much for local control. At the same time the legislature passes bills to flaunt the Feds.

  2. The feds could pass a similar law if they had a spine. If you take money from someone, and you don’t follow the rules, only the current overblown sense of entitlement by the takers leads them to believe that it is the giver’s fault and not their own for when the bill comes due. Cities can choose to not take the money and then they can choose to not follow those state laws. Plenty of local control there.

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