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.

Rejection of per diem increase follows the ideals of the 27th Amendment

By: - June 10, 2019

One might say that Gov. Doug Ducey’s decision Friday to veto legislation that would have granted an immediate and substantial increase in the pay that lawmakers receive was inspired by the constitutional amendment with the oddest history.

Tempe to host Fox News town hall for Julian Castro

By: - June 7, 2019

Arizona will host an upcoming town hall next week for 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Julian Castro, Fox News announced last week.

National Dems launch ads against McSally on health care law repeal

By: - June 7, 2019

National Democrats are targeting U.S. Sen. Martha McSally in Facebook advertisements over her support of Republican efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, a move that would remove protections for pre-existing conditions.


The legislature gave itself a $1 million raise. Welcome to the swamp.

By: - June 3, 2019

Where the whole thing turns, well, swampy is that the Maricopa County legislators made sure they weren’t left out of the deal.

Ducey signs 2020 state budget

By: - May 31, 2019

Gov. Doug Ducey on Friday morning signed the budget passed by legislators earlier in the week. The $11.8 billion spending plan goes into effect July 1.

Ducey backs Trump’s tariffs against Mexico

By: - May 30, 2019

In a series of tweets, Gov. Doug Ducey voiced support of for President Donald Trump’s plan to implement a series of progressively increasing tariffs on Mexican imports in response to a surge of migrants — mostly families with children — from Central America that has overwhelmed U.S. border officials. Ducey said that national security is […]

The 2020 state budget, annotated

By: - May 30, 2019

After more than a week of debate, the legislature on Monday approved its $11.8 billion spending plan for the upcoming fiscal year, which begins on July 1.

Ducey appoints Andy Tobin to lead Dept of Administration

By: - May 30, 2019

Gov. Doug Ducey has named Corporation Commissioner Andy Tobin to lead the Arizona Department of Administration, the state’s largest agency. Ducey announced the appointment in a tweet this morning, declaring that Tobin will implement the administration’s “mission of making government less bureaucratic, more efficient and more accountable to the taxpayers.” [email protected]_Tobin once worked his way […]

Legislature approves $11.8B budget

By: and - May 27, 2019

After a week of fighting among Republicans, the legislature on Monday evening approved an $11.8 billion state budget for the fiscal year that begins in July.

Deal struck to pass budget, extend sexual abuse statute of limitations: AP report

By: - May 26, 2019

A deal to break the budget stalemate in the Arizona Senate that has stalled the passage of an $11.8 billion spending plan for the upcoming fiscal year appears to exist, The Associated Press reported Sunday afternoon.


The litany of tax exemptions, deductions & exclusions continues to grow, to the detriment of K-12 funding

By: - May 23, 2019

Amid yesterday’s discussion of K-12 funding in the pending state budget, House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Regina Cobb conceded that the increase for what’s known as district additional assistance – which goes to pay for things like textbooks, curriculum, technology and school buses – wasn’t enough. But, she insisted, the legislature’s hands are tied. “If we […]

The state budget proposal, annotated

By: - May 22, 2019

The House of Representatives is currently debating the budget proposal in its Appropriations Committee, and the Senate is set to do the same today. Republican leaders have said they hope to bring the spending package to the floor for debate and a vote by Thursday.