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Banner Health, Dignity Health have received $288M in pandemic aid

Arizona companies have received roughly $755 million from the CARES Act, a $2 trillion COVID-19 aid package approved by Congress last month, with nearly two in every five dollars going to two of the state’s largest hospital and health care providers.

For McSally, ‘inaccurate’ really means ‘unpopular’

U.S. Sen. Martha McSally continues to maintain that Congress has already sent enough money to Arizona cities and towns that are just now beginning to realize what the coronavirus buzzsaw has done to their budgets, and she said it’s “inaccurate” to say that she doesn’t support more federal aid.

Experts fear COVID-19 pandemic will lead to more summer heat deaths

The heat could be even deadlier this summer, which experts predict will be warmer than normal. At the same time, people are spending more time at home because of the COVID-19 pandemic and have less access to libraries, shopping centers and other air conditioned public spaces. 

Trump threatens Mich. over same policy Arizona will use on early ballots

President Donald Trump threatened to withhold federal funding from Michigan over a plan to give every voter in the state an opportunity to vote by mail in this year’s elections – the same thing that Arizona election officials will do this year.

GOP lawmakers, ALEC urge feds not to “bail out” states

Several Republican lawmakers from Arizona are urging the federal government not to provide funding to states and cities that are coping with the economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, even as Arizona faces a...

Former Sen. DeConcini: Senate intelligence chairman scandal ‘quite disturbing’

WASHINGTON — Former Arizona U.S. Sen. Dennis DeConcini said he is stunned that federal agents seized the cellphone of Senate Intelligence Committee Richard Burr (R-N.C.) as part of an insider trading probe.

Fauci warns of ‘suffering & death,’ worse economy if US re-opens too soon

WASHINGTON — A top Trump administration health official warned U.S. senators Tuesday that reopening the economy too quickly could cause more COVID-19 suffering, death and an even longer economic setback.

Biden, GOP group launch anti-Trump ads in AZ, other battlegrounds

Former Vice President Joe Biden is going on the attack in Arizona and other battleground states with a new ad accusing President Donald Trump of being asleep at the switch as COVID-19 ravaged the country, and devastated the economy.

Can lessons from the Great Recession help states avoid budget disasters?

As they face massive budget shortfalls due to the COVID-19 pandemic, states are looking for federal money to help stave off the kind of drastic cuts they enacted during the last economic downturn. 

McSally to Ariz. cities: The cavalry isn’t coming to help you

Martha McSally has the solution for Arizona cities that have seen a gaping hole blown in their budgets because of the coronavirus pandemic: Sit tight and hope that the federal government loosens the strings on a too-small pot of money that you can’t access.
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