Prop 400, I_10, Hobbs, Senate, House, voters, public transportation, freeways, deal
Aug 3, 2023

Prop. 400 compromise alters use of tax monies

Gov. Katie Hobbs’ signing of a proposal to extend a Maricopa County transportation tax ensures voters will get the chance to weigh in on the issue before the tax expires in 2025. Most legislative Republicans, Democrats and Hobbs are praising the deal as one of the major legislative accomplishments this session.

Proposition 400, Maricopa County, light rail
Aug 1, 2023

Hobbs signs legislation to let voters decide whether to extend transportation tax

Gov. Katie Hobbs signed legislation Tuesday to allow Maricopa County voters to decide on extending a half-cent sales tax for transportation projects, setting the stage for the fight to come at the ballot box.

light rail, sales tax, transportation, Hobbs
Jul 25, 2023

Republicans want to reach deal with Hobbs and others over extension of transportation tax

Republicans who hold the majority in the Arizona Legislature are working to strike a final deal with Democratic Gov. Katie Hobbs and leaders of cities, counties and tribes in metro Phoenix over an extension of a transportation tax that has funded massive expansions of the region's freeway and roads system, bus routes and the light rail over nearly four decades.

light rail, sales tax, transportation, Hobbs
Jun 14, 2023

Prop 400 gridlock spurs possibility of initiative

Gov. Katie Hobbs and the Legislature are gridlocked over a half-cent sales tax extension in Maricopa County, and regional leaders are saying they want to bring an initiative to voters statewide to bypass lawmakers.

Prop 400, Livingston, Senate, House, light rail, transportation, freeways, Hobbs
Jun 13, 2023

Partisan tax extension plan poised for veto

On Tuesday evening the Legislature passed a partisan, controversial half-cent sales tax extension, which Democrats called a “slap in the face” and the governor said she will veto. 

light rail, sales tax, transportation, Hobbs
Jun 2, 2023

Hobbs negotiating with GOP lawmakers to try to ask voters to extend transportation tax

Democratic Gov. Katie Hobbs is directly negotiating with Republican lawmakers who control the Arizona Legislature to try to craft a deal to ask Maricopa County voters to extend a half-cent sales tax that for nearly 40 years has paid for new freeways, bus routes and light rail transportation projects.

Proposition 400, light rail, Cook, Livingston
Apr 21, 2023

Competing bills ‘last chance’ at extending Prop. 400 

A regional tax that has funded major transportation projects in Maricopa County for decades is set to expire in 2025 and lawmakers say this legislative session is their last chance to extend it.  

snow, Arizona, wind, freeways, National Weather Service
Feb 23, 2023

Winter storms ravage US from California to northern plains

Dangerous winter weather trapped drivers on icy roads, knocked out power to hundreds of thousands and grounded multiple flights from California through the northern Plains on Thursday.

I-10, Hobbs, ADOT, Hoffman, Petersen, Burch, Senate
Feb 20, 2023

Senate panel recommends approving Hobbs’ ADOT head pick after grilling

A Senate panel agreed Monday to recommend confirmation of Katie Hobbs' pick to head the Department of Transportation -- but not before the chairman grilled her on her personal beliefs and at one point suggested she was not being truthful.

Carter, House, freeways, roads, Cook, Martinez, Townsend, Ducey, Covid
Feb 18, 2023

House committee advances bill to limit messages on freeways, major roads

On a 7-4 vote Friday the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure approved a measure which limits the messages on freeways and other major roads in the state to those "directly related to transportation or highway public safety.''

Farnsworth, Kavanagh, Livingston, homeless, Phoenix, Seattle, mental illness, Senate committee, The Zone
Jan 20, 2023

Farnsworth’s story of homelessness prompts Senate committee chair to pull Kavanagh’s proposal

A Republican state senator from Mesa's personal experience with mental illness and homelessness derailed a bid by another GOP lawmaker, this one a former cop, to make sleeping on a sidewalk a state crime. Sen. David Farnsworth's extended comments about his struggles led the chairman of a Senate committee to pull Republican Fountain Hills Sen. John Kavanagh's proposal from consideration during a he[...]

transportation, I-10, I-11, judge, Nogales, Wickenburg, Federal Highway Administration, Center for Biological Diversity, the Friends of Ironwood Forest, Audubon Society
Sep 21, 2022

Officials ask judge to toss lawsuit aimed at stopping Interstate 11 project

Federal and state officials are asking a judge to toss a lawsuit seeking to stop development of the proposed 280-mile Interstate 11 project from Nogales to Wickenburg.