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. 

UPDATED: Senate plans to end 2020 legislative session Friday, House will not

Senate President Karen Fann announced that her chamber will end the 2020 legislative session on Friday, though it’s unclear if the House of Representatives will follow suit.

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.

Ducey’s eviction moratorium isn’t all it’s cracked up to be

For once, Arizona is not at the bottom of a ranking of the states. In fact, we are dead center of how states are dealing with rent, evictions, and court procedures during the pandemic

Ariz. lawmakers urge Congress: ‘Help rural America’ in next aid effort

Arizona lawmakers are calling on Congress to prioritize rural Americans in the next round of coronavirus legislation.

Some Arizona parents haven’t received federal unemployment aid

More than a 1,300 jobless Arizona parents who pay child support have had their federal unemployment weekly aid of $600 withheld

After 4 years, secretary of state opens online signatures to local candidates

Most 2020 candidates are already past the deadline for collecting the signatures they need to run in the August primary election, but those who are seeking a handful of nonpartisan municipal offices that won’t be on the ballot until November will now be able to collect their signatures online.

Now more than ever, Arizona needs leadership on clean air

Phoenix jumped from 32nd place to 7th place in the list of U.S. cities with the highest levels of particulate pollution and is one of eight cities that reached the worst level of particulate pollution ever recorded. 

Ducey OKs re-opening for salons, barbers, dine-in restaurants

As resistance to the extension of his stay-at-home order escalated among Republican lawmakers, protesters and others, Gov. Doug Ducey announced that restaurants, salons and barbers will be allowed to reopen in the next week, provided they implement physical distancing measures intended to curb the spread of COVID-19.

Better funded schools would show real appreciation for Arizona teachers

Teacher Appreciation Week is going to be different this year, as schools are closed and daily life is hugely impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. But it is exactly because of times like this that we should show our public schools and our teachers how much they mean to all of us.
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