Petersen: state’s Medicaid program won’t have funds to pay bills unless budget deal reached soon
The state's Medicaid program won't have money to pay its bills next month unless the governor and lawmakers reach a deal -- and soon -- on at least some elements of a budget.
Hobbs vetoes Republican skinny budget
Gov. Katie Hobbs vetoed 13 budget bills on Thursday, saying they represented a “purely-partisan” plan for the state.
Budget bills advance through the Senate and House
Republicans in the state Legislature are closing in on sending a budget that is likely dead on arrival to Democratic Gov. Katie Hobbs next week.
Budget proposal killed in House committee
Two Republicans joined Democrats Wednesday to kill a scaled-down state budget proposal.
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.
Scaled-down budget possible to break impasse
The Arizona House ended the week seemingly no closer to passing a budget than it had been before, after a single Republican joined with the Democrats on June 7 to kill the two tax cut bills that are the centerpiece of the GOP leadership’s budget proposal.
Good revenues belie looming budget uncertainty
With COVID-19 again on the rise in Arizona and the next legislative session looming, some in the Legislature are coming around to the idea of passing a so-called “skinny budget” that retains baseline spending levels from the previous fiscal year and ducking out early, just as lawmakers did last session.
Plans for plentiful spending turn to ‘skinny budget’ nearly overnight
The Second Regular Session of the 54th Legislature is a tale of riches to rags. What began six months ago with optimism – about a strong economy, the possibility for the fulfillment of promises to educators, perhaps even bipartisanship – ended in confusion and disarray. A global pandemic sidelined legislative priorities, doused the economy in […]
Q&A with House Speaker Rusty Bowers
In a legislative body where long-winded speechification, highly visible interpersonal disputes and general cacophony is the norm, House Speaker Rusty Bowers is remarkably difficult to nail down. His penchant for substituting answers to questions with half-related parables is the stuff of local legend, and his caucus’ tendency to do business in closed meetings can make […]