Apr 11, 2017

Rural schools: Ducey’s proposed education budget just a fraction of what they need

Gov. Doug Ducey’s proposed $5 million to bring high-speed internet to Arizona schools — most of them rural — will only serve one-fifth of the schools.

Mar 21, 2017

Senate bill would track how schools spend money from Prop 123

Amid uproar over a small proposed teacher pay raise in Gov. Doug Ducey’s budget, Republican lawmakers have consistently pointed to the billions of dollars provided by Prop. 123 as a source for salary increases.

Feb 13, 2017

House members praise Mesnard’s inclusive approach to budget planning, but Senate president has doubts

It’s still too early to know exactly what impact House subcommittees will have on the budget process, but the reviews from House members are, thus far, positive.

Jan 13, 2017

Ducey proposals would help needy, vulnerable Arizonans

Gov. Doug Ducey announced several plans aimed at the state’s most vulnerable, from the very poor to people suffering from addiction.

Jan 13, 2017

Moderate, Democratic or conservative? Ducey’s State of the State turns heads

Moderate. Centrist. Pragmatic. Even Democratic. The words being used by some observers to describe Doug Ducey’s third State of the State address.

Dec 7, 2016

Arizonans face steep costs to catch up with transportation needs

Financing the state’s freeway needs could mean Arizona motorists will pay higher gasoline taxes, an entirely new sales tax on fuel on top of that and find it’s even more expensive to register their vehicles.

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Apr 29, 2016

The state budget: potential winners, losers and question marks

Lawmakers are debating a proposed $9.58 billion budget, which for the first time in years, makes significant increases in a handful of key areas.

Apr 29, 2016

Timeline: How budget negotiations are unfolding

Last year, lawmakers approved a state budget in record-breaking time and adjourned the shortest legislative session since 1968. But this year, the process is going much slower.

Jan 20, 2016

State pinched by decline in corporate tax revenues

The state is starting to feel the pinch as corporate income tax revenues tumble down, which budget analysts say is the result of tax cuts being phased in.

Aug 20, 2015

State revenues continue to rise

After years of incessant cuts, Arizona might be on the verge of shifting the budget discussion following months of robust revenue collections.

Aug 19, 2015

State offering 2-month amnesty plan to late taxpayers

Do you owe tax payments to the state? Or did you just “forget” outright to file income tax returns in one – or more – prior years? The state is making it worthwhile to come clean.

Aug 10, 2015

Revenues exceed forecasts by $322M, but state leaders reluctant to call it a surplus

Six straight months of revenues exceeding projections has some lawmakers hoping to reverse the impact of Gov. Doug Ducey’s budget cuts, but the Governor’s Office has signaled that agency heads and legislators shouldn’t get their hopes up.