juvenile court, fees, Gowan,
Mar 17, 2023

Bill bars charging juveniles for probation costs

Under Senate Bill 1197, sponsored by Sen. David Gowan, R-Sierra Vista, and backed by Stand for Children Arizona, the courts would no longer be able to require juveniles or their parents or guardians to pay costs of probation, legal services, administrative fees, foster care, counseling, treatment, education programs, and any health care, food, clothing, shelter, or supervision while a child is inc[...]

debt, Mesnard, Senate
Mar 17, 2023

Mesnard aims to reaffirm state’s debt limit, end ‘creative financing’

The way Sen. J.D. Mesnard sees it, when the people who crafted the Arizona Constitution put in a $350,000 debt limit they weren't kidding.

debt, Biden, student loans, Pell Grant, Grijalva, Lesko, Department of Education, ASU, NAU, Arizona Students’ Association
Feb 2, 2023

ASU, NAU, UofA lead in resolving challenges

Challenges are nothing new to Arizona. No matter the challenge — drought, disease, economic prosperity and many other s— transforming problems into opportunities has been our state’s hallmark. At every step, Arizona’s public universities have helped lead the way. 

Aug 19, 2022

Judge rejects challenge to predatory debt initiative

A judge has rejected a challenge to a voter initiative aimed at limiting so-called predatory debt collection, finding that opponents of the measure did not prove a summary provided to voters who signed qualifying petitions was misleading. 

healthcare, inflation, Affordable Care Act, Obamacare, health insurance, enrollment period, Biden, Trump
Aug 12, 2022

Petition to seek limits on medical debt challenged

Health advocacy group Healthcare Rising Arizona is pushing a citizens’ initiative to limit interest on medical debt, but they’re being challenged by Republicans who claim the petition collection violated state law. 

Jun 28, 2022

Ducey signs budget bills that pay off debt

The Fiscal Year 2023 budget is now law. 

May 8, 2020

Failure to end home equity theft will deepen virus crisis

With the economy teetering towards a deep recession in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, many states are taking proactive measures to help their citizens by easing property tax burdens and offering monetary relief.

Jan 27, 2017

Silence of the hawks: Response muted to Ducey’s billion-dollar borrowing plan

Gov. Doug Ducey is proposing to add a billion dollars to Arizona’s outstanding borrowing load of $7.3 billion, a dramatic leap into indebtedness, and yet the opposition to it has been mostly muted, even from groups that traditionally balk at borrowing.

Jan 26, 2017

The nail that sticks out gets hammered

As previously noted, fiscally conservative groups have been largely mute when the governor proposed to add a billion dollars to Arizona’s outstanding debt load of $7.3 billion.

Like most Republican lawmakers from the state, Arizona Sen. John McCain was dubious of the Iranian government’s promise to abide by the deal, and called it “highly unlikely” that Iran will have lessened its “support of terrorism” while the pact is in place. (Cronkite News Service photo by Brandon Brown)
May 18, 2015

From elephants to catfish: McCain report highlights wasteful spending

Unnecessary, wasteful government spending is today putting America on a dangerous path, as we burden future generations with a mounting national debt – now totaling more than $18 trillion. The future of the American dream is at risk, due to Washington’s bipartisan spending addiction.

May 13, 2015

State pays last $44 million on loan covering recession-era unemployment benefits

The state has finally paid off the last of the money it had to borrow to pay unemployment benefits to workers during the recession.

Nov 14, 2014

Pending tax cuts scrutinized as debt rises

Three factors have consistently been cited as big contributors to the estimated $1 billion deficit the state will face in fiscal year 2016 and some lawmakers are urging action on the one they actually control — tax cuts from a three year-old economic stimulus bill.