In the first session of Doug Ducey’s second term in office, the governor experienced his longest session yet, though the results were much the same – Ducey got most of what he wanted, including a billion dollars tucked away for a rainy day.Read More »
Saying the budget agreement crafted by GOP legislative leaders and Gov. Doug Ducey is “not a conservative budget,” Rep. Tony Rivero, R-Peoria, vowed to vote against it Thursday unless his colleagues agreed to several significant changes.Read More »
Today’s the day lawmakers in both the House and the Senate hope to introduce budget proposals, but don’t hold your breath for sine die just yet.Read More »
Calling an economic downturn "inevitable,'' Gov. Doug Ducey is pushing back against demands by lawmakers from his own Republican Party to use an unexpected cash windfall to pay down debt.Read More »
I think that you’ll see a “State of the State” that focuses on things that matter, things that are important inside our state and things that will secure the future for Arizona and put us in a position to continue to grow and prosper.Read More »
Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas presented a $680 million wish list of education spending Tuesday.Read More »
Strong revenue collections turned a $132 million shortfall into a $266 million cash balance at the end fiscal 2015, a preliminary analysis shows.Read More »
Arizona ended the budget year with a $266 million surplus, a stark contrast from the $132 million deficit lawmakers had planned for.Read More »
2010 decision to mortgage state’s assets threatens cash reserves
Borrowing billions of dollars allowed Arizona to limp through the worst financial crisis in its history. But the decision to mortgage state assets that include the House and Senate buildings has an unwanted underside: It precludes the state from having significant cash reserves.
Gov. Jan Brewer has set as a top priority that the state expand Medicaid to become eligible for a nine-to-one federal match instead of the current two-to-one match.