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.
Arizona income tax credits are 93,000% larger for companies than individuals
By: Jim Small - February 25, 2019
If you’ve ever wanted proof that Arizona’s tax laws are skewed in the favor of businesses and not individuals, here it is: The average income tax credit claimed by corporations is 93,286% larger than the average income tax credit claimed by individuals.
ESA bill that GOP supporters said wasn’t an expansion will cost $1.7M over 3 years
By: Jim Small - February 20, 2019
The Joint Legislative Budget Committee conducted a fiscal analysis of a bill that Republican lawmakers insisted in committee last week didn’t expand who could participate in the state’s school voucher program, and concluded what was obvious to everyone but the GOP backers of the bill: It expands enrollment and will thus cost the state more money.
Poll: Climate change a serious issue for three-fourths of Arizonans, majority of Republicans
By: Jim Small - February 14, 2019
Nearly three-in-four Arizona voters believe climate change is a serious problem, including a strong majority of Republicans, according to a new statewide poll of environmental issues.
The never-ending legislative crusade against your right to self-governance
By: Jim Small - February 13, 2019
If there is one constant in a legislative session, it’s this: Republican legislators and the special interests that back them are contemptuous of you, the voter, and will work to undermine your rights to have any say in how you are governed beyond merely electing officials to represent you.
Straight from the fever swamps to your inbox
By: Jim Small - February 6, 2019
There is a curious newsletter that periodically lands in my email inbox, and the inboxes of most political reporters in Arizona. Titled the “American Post-Gazette,” the newsletter is filled with the (frequently conspiratorial) musings of anonymous right-wing activists who, because they self-importantly fashion themselves as patriots defending the republic from evil-doers, adopt the pen names […]
Bannon-led wall effort to meet in Arizona Friday to discuss private border wall construction
By: Jim Small - February 5, 2019
A who’s who group of Trump allies and immigration hard-liners may be coming to Tucson this week to hold a “town hall” on a plan to raise $100 million over the next year to build up to 30 miles of border fence on private land.
Gallego’s office asks Capitol Police to investigate extremist group
By: Jim Small - January 31, 2019
Staffers of U.S. Rep. Ruben Gallego have asked the U.S. Capitol Police to investigate the extremist group Patriot Movement AZ after its leaders posted photos, video and information about security measures of the congressman’s house, the Southern Policy Law Center’s Hatewatch blog reported today.
Kyl was paid $75k a year for lectures, advisory work & co-teaching a single seminar
By: Jim Small - January 8, 2019
Arizona State University has explained, at least partially, what former U.S. Sen. Jon Kyl has done for the school since 2013 to earn a hefty paycheck.
Kyl claims $129k salary from ASU for teaching, but what he taught is a mystery
By: Jim Small - January 4, 2019
Kyl disclosed nearly $129,000 from Arizona State University, and at least $5,000 from both Arizona Public Service and Salt River Project, the state’s two largest electric utilities.
The victims weren’t a priority for their caretakers or the police
By: Jim Small - December 31, 2018
At every point in the story about migrant children being the victims of abuse at the hand of Southwest Key shelter employees, you see the same thing: People more concerned with covering their asses than actually protecting these vulnerable children.
Flake to introduce carbon tax legislation to address climate change: report
By: Jim Small - December 19, 2018
Not content with bucking the Republican Party for its support of Donald Trump, U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake will introduce carbon tax legislation, The Hill reported today. Although there is broad consensus in the scientific community that climate change is real and presents a danger to the U.S., polling has long shown that Republican voters don’t […]