Sean Bowie

AEL, Aggregate spending limit, Reginald Bolding, education, public education
Sep 15, 2022

Special session pushed to avoid over $1B in school funding cuts

Democrats and public school officials are again asking Gov. Doug Ducey to call a special legislative session to avoid over $1 billion in K-12 funding cuts this school year, months after Republicans used the promise of a special session as a carrot to bring Democrats on board with this year’s historic bipartisan budget. 

Apr 16, 2022

Budget talks stall, lawmakers consider scaled-down option

Legislative leadership is considering a “skinny budget” this year after struggling to get consensus on big projects. 

Feb 17, 2022

Senate panel moves bill to create Lt. Governor

A Senate committee voted Thursday to approve bipartisan legislation that will let voters decide if they want to establish a Lieutenant Governor in Arizona.  

Nov 12, 2021

Ruling could lead to longer sessions

Some Arizona lawmakers say a court ruling that will limit adding policy provisions to budget bills could make for a very different session next year, and possibly a longer one. 

Jun 17, 2021

Some lawmakers question need for special session

A bill moratorium and a budget stalemate meant the House and Senate weren’t conducting any real business before Gov. Doug Ducey called a special session – so why call one?

Jun 1, 2021

Arizonans deserve better budget after difficult year

Budgets are moral documents. They show what we value and prioritize as a state. Both of us stand ready to work together with our legislative colleagues and the Governor on a responsible budget that puts all Arizonans first.

May 25, 2021

GOP lawmakers seek to nullify Hobbs in election litigation

Republican lawmakers took the first steps Tuesday to strip Secretary of State Katie Hobbs of some of her powers.

May 18, 2021

Republican lawmakers propose flat tax, $12.8B budget

House and Senate leaders and Gov. Doug Ducey have agreed on a roughly $12.8 billion spending plan, including the state’s largest tax cut in recent memory – but the budget lacks the Republican votes it needs to pass in its current form.

May 14, 2021

‘Dreamers’ ready in quest for in-state tuition

Now, she and other advocates are gearing up for a campaign to convince voters next year that making it possible for young people who are in the U.S. without legal status to attend college is both the right thing to do for those individuals and benefits the state as a whole.

May 6, 2021

Lawmaker: Retaliation behind Dem votes on vaping bill

A vaping bill backed by the tobacco industry is moving forward in the Arizona Legislature after years of stalemates, and the Republican who led the fight against it blames political retaliation.

Apr 16, 2021

Tourism taxing districts could be coming soon

Twin bills with bipartisan support to jumpstart Arizona tourism appear dead in the Senate, but they may reappear this year or next as the concept has gained support nationally and here.

Apr 9, 2021

Republicans have votes in House for flat income tax

While House Republican leaders are optimistic that a major tax overhaul that would shift Arizona to a flat income tax will get 31 votes in that chamber, it may need changes before it becomes something that can pass the Senate.