Jim Small

Jim Small

Jim Small is a native Arizonan and has covered state government, policy and politics since 2004, with a focus on investigative and in-depth policy reporting, first as a reporter for the Arizona Capitol Times, then as editor of the paper and its prestigious sister publications, the Yellow Sheet Report and Arizona Legislative Report. Under his guidance, the Capitol Times won numerous state, regional and national awards for its accountability journalism and probing investigations into state government operations.

education funding

Ducey’s $12.3B budget seeks new K-12, public safety spending

By: and - January 17, 2020

In the face of a nearly billion-dollar budget surplus, spending on Arizona students would return to 2001 levels in the coming year under the budget proposal that Gov. Doug Ducey released Friday, with projections to exceed the high-water mark of 2008 next year, when inflation is taken into account.

Brno: Phoenix airport Uber, Lyft fees ‘likely’ unconstitutional

By: - January 16, 2020

Phoenix’s increased airport fees on rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft likely violates a constitutional provision barring the imposition of new fees by governments in Arizona, Attorney General Mark Brnovich said Thursday.


McSally stands athwart a fair impeachment trial yelling, ‘Liberal hack!’

By: - January 16, 2020

If you’re having trouble with how the magnitude of the scandal involving Donald Trump’s dealings with Ukraine has seemed to grow at a bewildering rate in the past 72 or so hours, just do like Martha McSally and refuse to even consider what this new evidence means.

Ducey eliminates defunct boards and commissions, but the work continues for many

By: - January 14, 2020

Gov. Doug Ducey got a large round of applause from fellow Republicans during his State of the State speech when he announced that he had signed an executive order that rescinded nearly two dozen orders from previous governors and scrapped 18 boards and commissions they dealt with.

Ducey’s plan to combat anti-vaxxers is more PSAs

By: - January 14, 2020

Arizona is on the precipice of a public health crisis because more and more parents refuse to get their children vaccinated because of misinformation spread by people who say vaccines are dangerous, despite evidence to the contrary.

Ducey touts investments in K-12, rural AZ in State of the State speech

By: and - January 13, 2020

Gov. Doug Ducey promised investments in schools, rural counties and tax cuts for veterans in his sixth State of the State speech Monday, but he shied away from criminal justice reform and sex ed changes  – two issues that will be hotly contested issues at the Capitol as the legislature kicks off its 2020 session.

New push to tax wealthiest Arizonans for K-12 funding launches

By: - January 13, 2020

Arizona schools would get nearly $1 billion in new funding annually from a tax on the wealthiest Arizonans, under a proposal unveiled Monday by a coalition of teachers, unions and public education advocates.

4 things Ducey will discuss in his state of the state speech

By: - January 11, 2020

Governors understandably like to keep their state of the state speeches under tight wraps so that their pronouncements land with the desired weight when the governor addresses the full legislature – and the state – from the floor of the Arizona House of Representatives.

Ducey wary about justice reform, sex ed changes; pledges new K-12 spending in 2020

By: - January 11, 2020

If criminal justice reform advocates hope the 2020 legislative session will lead to more success than the disappointing 2019 session, they’ve got their work cut out for them, as Gov. Doug Ducey says the scope of reforms he’s open to are far more limited than what they’re seeking.

Disgraced ex-lawmaker David Stringer running for Yavapai County Attorney

By: - January 10, 2020

Disgraced former lawmaker David Stringer, who resigned last year after 1983 charges for paying an intellectually disabled boy for sex in Baltimore in 1983 came to light, is mounting a campaign to oust longtime Republican Yavapai County Attorney Sheila Polk.

Phoenix: Constitution doesn’t bar airport fees on Uber, Lyft

By: - January 9, 2020

Nothing in the Arizona Constitution bars the City of Phoenix from charging for-profit companies fees to conduct business at Sky Harbor International Airport, attorneys for the city said in a letter this week to the attorney general.

GOP proposal would ban sex ed until 7th grade, discussions of homosexuality

By: - January 8, 2020

Arizona students wouldn’t be allowed to take sexual education classes until the seventh grade, and parents could sue school districts if that class included discussions about homosexuality or failed to primarily focus on abstinence under a plan introduced Wednesday by the conservative head of the Arizona Senate’s Education Committee.