Gov. Jan Brewer has until Nov. 30 to pick the state’s next Supreme Court justice, and until she does, friends and associates of the three finalists for the job will inundate her with lobbying efforts.Read More »
The majority of spending that can be directly attributed to the landmark legal ruling that allows corporations, unions and other groups to spend freely on candidate campaigns largely affected Republicans in the Arizona primary election.Read More »
Forecast information released Sept. 29 by the Joint Legislative Budget Committee staff has the state's current $8.5 billion budget facing a potential shortfall of up to $825 million. That's up from the previous forecast for a midyear shortfall of up to $700 million.Read More »
If you want to fish at Fossil Creek, north of Payson, you’ll need to follow a particular set of regulations, put into place by the Arizona Game and Fish Department.
But opponents to Proposition 109 say all hunting and fishing regulations in Arizona will be jeopardized if the proposition passes in November. The measure's backers say that's not the case, that they're just trying to constitutionally protect the right to hunt and fish from anti-hunting activists.
When lawmakers voted in March to put the referendum on the ballot — a measure that would sweep and dismantle the Early Childhood Development and Health Board Fund — they expected it to put about $325 million into the state’s cash-starved coffers. But as of Sept. 1, the agency had about $100 million more than that on hand.Read More »
Sen. Russell Pearce, author of Arizona’s new strict immigration law, suggested in an e-mail that money from First Things First is funding services for illegal aliens and abortion.Read More »
Gov. Jan Brewer’s abrupt cancellation of the Border Governors Conference in Phoenix may cost the state as much as $200,000.Read More »
Many of the payday loan stores that were ordered to cease operations this summer have reemerged simply as check-cashing shops or auto-title lenders, while others, perhaps hundreds, have closed their doors and moved on.Read More »
Maricopa County elections officials will have to make a few technical changes before the Nov. 2 general election after a judge determined that poll workers have been failing to follow proper vote-counting procedures.Read More »
Despite a fairly positive report on the stability of the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS) earlier this year, a major business group with no direct involvement in the fund is expressing serious concern.
The Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry, none of whose member firms has employees enrolled in a public pension plan, is calling for a major overhaul of ASRS to radically change how benefits are calculated for future retirees.