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Arizona Housing Trust Fund to get $10 million in budget

For the first time since 2012, Arizona’s Housing Trust fund, which helps low-income families with their housing needs, will receive new money to the tune of $10 million. The fund receives money from the...

The state budget proposal, annotated

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.

Budget lacking funds for medical residencies, despite statewide doctor shortage

Healthcare advocates are becoming increasingly concerned after learning that the budget deal that Gov. Doug Ducey struck with Republican legislative leaders does not contain money for graduate medical education funding, commonly referred to as GME.

Speaker preparing sexual abuse statute of limitations bill to break budget impasse

The top Republican in the Arizona House of Representatives appears to be attempting to break a legislative logjam by introducing a measure to increase the statute of limitations for victims of childhood sexual crimes that several GOP senators have said is key if leaders want them to vote on the budget.

State inspectors visited six Southwest Key facilities. Here’s what they found.

A suicidal child tried to hurt themselves in Southwest Key facility in Phoenix, but 911 was never called. A child in a Glendale shelter was given antidepressant medication, but there was no medical record...

House OKs vaping industry bill

With little fanfare and no debate, the Arizona House of Representatives gave its preliminary approval to a measure backed by the vaping industry.

US governors proposed $2.9B in new spending on early childhood, Ducey proposed $0 in Arizona

In Arizona, Gov. Doug Ducey is one of 17 governors – two Democrats, 15 Republicans – to propose no new state spending on early childhood programs.

Hoffman to create school safety task force

In the wake of legislative inaction on bipartisan legislation to create a school safety task force, Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman will create her own task force within the Arizona Department of Education.

Maricopa County is particularly vulnerable to a measles outbreak, researchers say

A new study published by The Lancet Infectious Diseases, a prominent medical journal, lists Maricopa County as one of the U.S. counties most likely to experience a measles outbreak. The study, produced by the...

Senate unanimously passes Carter’s vaping bill

The Senate on Tuesday unanimously passed a bill aimed at cracking down on e-cigarettes and vaping, but it seems unlikely that it will get the same overwhelming support in the House of Representatives. Sen. Heather...
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