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Mar 21, 2023

Legislative leaders want to pass budget ASAP, governor’s staff says it’s ‘false urgency’

Republican Senate leaders said on Tuesday that the Legislature is working with Gov. Katie Hobbs to pass the state’s budget in the next two weeks, citing an April deadline connected to federally allocated Medicaid funding, but the governor’s staff say it’s a play to create “false urgency.” 

Aug 28, 2021

Latino city in Arizona grew, but census says it shrank

The overwhelmingly Hispanic community has grown enough over the last decade that it's also building a new elementary school. But the Census Bureau says Somerton actually lost 90 residents during that time, putting its official population at 14,197 people, not the 20,000 that the mayor expected.

Jan 18, 2019

Q&A with Senate President Karen Fann

With every Republican leader in the state Senate from 2018 gone, Karen Fann steps into the void as the next Senate president and the leader of not just the Republican Caucus, but the chamber at large.

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 29, 2016

Open for comment: Lawmaker lets people talk, and they have plenty to say

Hours after the experts had their say – the budget analysts, representatives from the Arizona Board of Regents, and the presidents of the Grand Canyon State’s public universities – the public had a chance to testify before the Senate Appropriations Committee on Jan. 27. Senators got more than they bargained for.

Jan 29, 2016

Ducey budget authority request sparks separation-of-powers concerns

Republican lawmakers will soon have to make a decision that will pit their desire to promote responsible spending against the territoriality they’ve historically exercised over their appropriations authority.

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Oct 29, 2015

Settlement deal survives blistering attack in committee

A package of measures aimed at settling a long-running lawsuit by giving schools $3.5 billion over 10 years inched closer to reality after surviving a blistering challenge in the Senate Appropriations Committee this morning.

Jan 20, 2015

Ducey abandons plan to pay for cemeteries with veterans fund

Facing a flurry of opposition from veterans and questions from legislators, Gov. Doug Ducey on Tuesday abandoned his plan to pay for cemetery operations from a fund to help the families of wounded veterans.

Nov 21, 2014

Arizona House selects committee chairs

House Speaker-elect David Gowan of Sierra Vista announced committee chairmanships for a total of 19 committees, including six committees that are either new or hybrids of past panels.

Mar 31, 2014

More cuts expected as Senate postpones budget debate until Tuesday morning

The Arizona Senate delayed debate on a $9.23 billion spending plan Monday afternoon as lawmakers prepare amendments to the budget and Senate President Andy Biggs finds a means to further cut funding for district charter schools.

Jan 2, 2014

Arizona forester seeks budget increase for wildfires

Arizona's state forester is citing a growing threat from wildfires as he requests a doubling of his agency's budget.

Nov 11, 2013

Report: Arizona saw nation’s largest in-state tuition hikes

Arizona’s four-year public universities had the nation’s largest in-state tuition and fees increase over the past five years, according the nonprofit organization that oversees the SAT.