Petersen, Senate, rental tax
Jun 13, 2023

Senate pushes rental tax elimination (again)

The Senate voted Tuesday to pass a revised version of the rental tax elimination bill that was vetoed by Gov. Katie Hobbs a few months ago.

Jun 19, 2019

Lawmakers approve $45 million to promote NASCAR raceway

The Joint Legislative Budget Committee certified a plan Tuesday that requires the Arizona Office of Tourism to spend $1.5 million a year for 30 years promoting ISM Raceway, Avondale’s one-mile NASCAR race track.

Apr 30, 2018

Ducey, Legislature scrape together revenues for $10.4 billion budget proposal

State lawmakers are moving to adopt a $10.4 billion spending plan for the coming fiscal year, balancing the books -- and finding the dollars for a teacher pay hike plan -- at least in part by passing along expenses to some local taxpayers.

Gov. Doug Ducey announces a plan to give teachers a 20 percent raise over the next three fiscal years. (Photo by Katie Campbell/Arizona Capitol Times)
Apr 19, 2018

Ducey takes on budget risk to fund teacher pay hike

As Arizona clawed its way out of the Great Recession, Gov. Doug Ducey sought to ease the state’s reliance on borrowing and gimmicks to balance the budget.

Mar 9, 2018

Lack of impact data stalls bills to bar digital goods’ tax

An effort to forgo sales taxes on digital goods and services has stalled while state budget analysts try to figure out how much Arizona may stand to lose in tax revenue.

Nov 29, 2017

Ducey disputes group’s claim school funding less now than leaner times

Gov. Doug Ducey is fighting back against a report by a left-leaning research group that shows Arizona is spending less on K-12 education today than before the recession when inflation is taken into account.

tax cuts, GOP, Republicans, businesses, Cano, Livingston, Ways and Means Committee, Children's Action Alliance
Oct 12, 2017

Arizona Legislature’s budget analysts predict 2018 shortfall

The Arizona Legislature's budget analysts predicted a budget shortfall that could top $100 million in the current and coming year as the impact of corporate tax cuts continues to overwhelm increases in sales, insurance premium and personal income tax collections.

Sep 28, 2017

State employees, retirees will pay for health insurance trust sweeps

Arizona state employees will pay higher premiums and copays for health insurance next year, and some lawmakers say funding sweeps approved by the Republican-controlled state Legislature are partly to blame.

Sep 21, 2017

Budget analysts: Arizona to lose a third of health care funds under Graham-Cassidy

Arizona stands to lose a third of its federal funds that support the expanded Medicaid program as early as 2020 if Congress adopts the Graham-Cassidy health care bill, according to legislative budget staffers.

Gov. Doug Ducey
Aug 7, 2017

Confusion abounds over Ducey’s public-school performance pay plan

Gov. Doug Ducey’s signature results-based funding plan for excelling schools still has districts questioning when they will receive money and how exactly it must be spent.

Apr 27, 2017

Increase state revenues – no new taxes are required

Very likely far more dollars could be gained with improved tax enforcement, but adding corporate auditors is an obvious step. It’s a win-win for the state and those that already comply with the state’s tax laws.

Jan 20, 2017

JLBC chief cautions lawmakers on governor’s spending plans

Legislative budget analysts pumped the brakes on Gov. Doug Ducey’s spending proposals this week, cautioning lawmakers that the governor’s projection of available revenues is far rosier than their own.