Law & Government
House passes bill to offer ‘dreamers’ path to citizenship
WASHINGTON – The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday passed a bill that aims to give up to 2.5 million undocumented immigrants a pathway to U.S. citizenship. The legislation – a top priority for the Democratic majority – would offer protections for undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children and others […]
By backing Trump’s Mexico tariffs, Ducey in conflict with business and GOP allies
In supporting President Donald Trump’s threat to impose tariffs on Mexico in an attempt to halt illegal immigration, Gov. Doug Ducey is standing against some of his biggest allies.
House GOP leader wants to bar cities from stopping private wall construction
House Majority Leader Warren Petersen, R-Gilbert, is planning to propose legislation next session that would allow for private groups to build a wall along the border on private land, regardless of whether city or county zoning allows such structures.
The legislature gave itself a $1 million raise. Welcome to the swamp.
Where the whole thing turns, well, swampy is that the Maricopa County legislators made sure they weren’t left out of the deal.
Montgomery opponents cleared from judicial nominating commission
Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery is once again seeking a seat on the Arizona Supreme Court, and his odds may be markedly improved after Gov. Doug Ducey replaced several members of a judicial nominating commission who blocked his path to the high court earlier this year.
Ducey signs 2020 state budget
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
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
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.
‘Dreamer’ graduates face uneven higher ed options
Among a sea of blue caps and gowns, some draped with cords and colorful stoles, were Blanca Collazo and Jordi Santos. They’re both good friends. They were both born in Mexico and arrived in the United States as toddlers.
Ducey appoints Andy Tobin to lead Dept of Administration
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 […]
State eases minimum wage repayment requirement on Flagstaff
Flagstaff will still have to reimburse the state for the increased costs it will incur because of its high minimum wage, but the recently passed state budget softened the blow through a cost-sharing agreement that will draw down on federal funds. Voters in Flagstaff approved a $15 minimum wage in 2016 and reaffirmed that decision […]
Ducey to decide fate of bill making Section 8 not count as rent in eviction cases
Late last week, in the waning days of the legislative session, lawmakers passed a bill that would give landlords the ability to evict tenants who pay their rents with assistance from the federal government’s Section 8 housing voucher program. Rep. Ben Toma, R-Peoria, said previously that he introduced House Bill 2358 at the request of […]