emergencies, Hobbs, Bennett, Senate, governor, amendment
May 8, 2023

Senate considers measure to ask voters to approve constitutional change tied to emergencies

The state Senate was likely just a few minutes away from approving a measure last week that would ask Arizona voters to OK a constitutional amendment requiring the Legislature to reauthorize any state of emergency called by the governor every 30 days.

health insurance, Medicaid, Senate, Hobbs
May 2, 2023

Unwinding the pandemic without unwinding coverage

Unwinding pandemic-era policies doesn’t have to mean losing health insurance. Let’s work together to limit those who needlessly fall through the cracks.

wind, solar, Fennemore, Inflation Reduction Act, Hobbs, governor, clean energy,
Apr 7, 2023

Tax credits, incentives available to Arizona businesses 

The Office of the Governor has not said when the Office of Resiliency will open, but if established in time, it may help even more Arizonans receive tax credits under the IRA. 

Senate, House, Hobbs, Ducey, disaster declaration, Covid pandemic
Mar 27, 2023

Constitutional change would impact how state manages disaster declarations

A proposed constitutional amendment that is one vote away from being sent to the 2024 ballot for voter approval will have far-reaching impacts on how the state oversees disaster declarations and potentially impact millions of dollars in federal funding.

Lake Powell, Lake Mead, Colorado River, drought, water crisis, Arizona Department of Water Resources, groundwater
Feb 24, 2023

Protect legacy of water conservation – reject SB1660

There is no sugar-coating it: Water supplies in Arizona are approaching crisis levels. We are at an inflection point in our history, where we must confront that the West’s reservoirs are sharply declining – and may never return to historic levels.  

tax cuts, GOP, Republicans, businesses, Cano, Livingston, Ways and Means Committee, Children's Action Alliance
Feb 21, 2023

Republicans vote to cut nearly half the taxes corporations owe

Saying it will stimulate job growth, Republican lawmakers voted Tuesday to cut by nearly half the taxes owed by corporations doing business in Arizona.

franchisor, franchisee, House Commerce Committee, Travers
Feb 16, 2023

Bill regulating franchise contracts gets tentative OK

A Democratic-sponsored bill regulating franchisors’ ability to terminate contracts with a franchisee passed a House committee with bipartisan support, but Republicans say the bill needs improvement before it’s ready for the floor.  

cash, legal tender, Chaplik, Aguilar, Heap, businesses, House
Feb 8, 2023

Chaplik pushes bill to require businesses to accept cash

Republican Rep. Joseph Chaplik of Scottsdale wants to be sure that Arizonans don't get turned away from businesses in the state because they want to use "legal tender'' or cash to pay.

minimum wage, Flagstaff, Tucson, Rogers, Hobbs, tourism-related employers, tax credit, growth
Feb 6, 2023

Tax credit headline missed the forest through the trees

A recent article headline published in the Arizona Capitol Times unfairly mischaracterized SB1108 – Senator Wendy Rogers’ income tax credit bill for businesses located in municipalities like Flagstaff and Tucson with higher wage mandates than the state wage mandate. The headline purports those cities to whom the bill would apply stand to lose. We disagree. 

Hobbs, Allie Bones, chief of state, governor, Secretary of State, election, transition team
Nov 21, 2022

Hobbs picks current team member to be chief of staff

After selecting a Republican business leader and a Democratic state capitol veteran to lead her transition team, Secretary of State and Democratic Gov.-elect Katie Hobbs looked closer to home for her chief of staff. Hobbs announced that Allie Bones, the current Assistant Secretary of State, will take on the top job in her administration. 

minimum wage, wage hike, raises, inflation, Mesnard, Rogers, Gowan, Burch, Senate committee, bill, Flagstaff
Sep 13, 2022

Workers at bottom of state’s wage scale will be entitled to pay hikes

Workers at the bottom of the Arizona wage scale are going to be legally entitled to a pay hike of $42 a week beginning in January.

Sep 29, 2020

COVID infection rates up in 2 counties, no new business restrictions

Pima and Coconino counties are again at substantial risk for the spread of COVID-19 according to standards set by the Department of Health Services.