Rumor of late legislative session floats through capitol
Could the legislature stay in session into the fall, or until the end of the year? The rumor that lawmakers won’t adjourn sine die anytime soon has been spreading through the state capitol for weeks, even if nobody is ready to publicly endorse the idea.
Inequitable funding of Arizona K-12 schools must be fixed
Every Arizona family pays taxes to support public schools. Every Arizona student should receive an equitable level of funding for their education.
Lawmakers struggle to find legal way to prevent minors from accessing internet porn
State lawmakers are struggling to find a way to keep minors from accessing internet porn that's legal, effective -- and politically acceptable.
Vetoes define first 100 days of Hobbs’ term
A few weeks into her tenure as Arizona’s top public official, Gov. Katie Hobbs took heat from critics over a handful of executive orders she’d issued – efforts to tackle discriminatory hiring practices and create new task forces to address her policy priorities, like prison reform.
To solve AZ’s affordable housing crisis, start by getting government out of way
Arizona is facing a housing affordability crisis—and the blame lies largely on the shoulders of local elected officials.
Hobbs vetoes bill aimed at motivating banks to work with gun makers, dealers
Gov. Katie Hobbs vetoed legislation Tuesday designed to bribe or blackmail Arizona banks into doing business with gun manufacturers and dealers.
HB 2404 fundamentally misunderstands franchise business model
HB 2404, currently being considered in the state Legislature, would have far-reaching and harmful ramifications for franchisors, franchisees, workers and the Arizona economy.
Hobbs picks former lawmaker Lujan to head DCS
Gov. Katie Hobbs has tapped a former Democratic lawmaker who has advocated for higher taxes and against Republican-proposed tax cuts to head the Department of Child Safety.
Hobbs pledges to raise $500,000 to unseat legislative Republicans
Gov. Katie Hobbs fired the first financial salvo at legislative Republicans Tuesday, promising to raise $500,000 to unseat them in 2024.
Panel moves to force Scottsdale to give Rio Verde water
A House panel passed a bill that would force Scottsdale to temporarily resume service providing water to the unincorporated Rio Verde community, but Democrats withheld the support needed for immediate relief.
Nation watches as Arizona’s universal ESA voucher fiasco fails
Universal ESA vouchers are already a dismal failure defunding our local public schools, threatening to bankrupt our state and raising red flags about taxpayer-funded discrimination. And the nation is watching as special interests rush to force through vouchers in other states before the cautionary tale of Arizona comes fully to light.
Environmentalists prioritize water in wake of cuts
Representatives from several groups announced their environmental priorities for the 2023 legislative session, focusing on water and discouraging desalination in the wake of Colorado River cuts.