Law & Government

Ducey, at White House, touts benefits of new occupational licensing law

Ducey, sitting to President Donald Trump’s immediate left at a large table in the Cabinet Room, said the state’s universal licensing recognition law removes barriers for people who want to work.

Trump’s tariff threat: a dumb way to extort Mexico and violate its sovereignty

Ducey knows the president’s tariff threat is wrong, but he’s not willing to stand up for the people of Arizona, even if Trump’s plan could cost us thousands of jobs, because he’d rather curry favor with Trump than protect the economic prosperity of Arizona and Mexico.

There is still so much to do for Arizona’s students, despite 2019 gains

While Arizona’s spending on education is growing faster than the national average, we’ve been too far behind for too long, and this year’s reinvestment doesn’t do much to make up the gap.

Study: AZ likely to suffer worst Census undercount, lose congressional seat, if citizenship question added

A new estimate shows Arizona’s total population could see an undercount of nearly 5% if a controversial citizenship question is added to the 2020 Census – and potentially miss out on adding a congressional seat and Electoral College vote.

Trump EPA failing at its mission, former agency bosses tell Congress

Four former heads of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency blasted the Trump administration’s management of the agency on Tuesday, saying the administration runs the risk of harming the environment and public health for years to come.

Top prosecutors in Maricopa, Pima counties lobbied Ducey for veto on ‘repeat offender’ bill

The top prosecutors in Arizona’s two most populous counties urged Gov. Doug Ducey to veto a criminal justice reform bill limiting who can be considered a repeat offender, even though an organization representing all 15 of the state’s county attorneys took a neutral position on the legislation.

State didn’t collect $36 million in drug rebates, federal audit finds

A federal audit of Arizona’s Health Care Cost Containment System, commonly referred to as AHCCCS, found that the state missed out on $36 million in rebates on drugs over a three year period due in part to not having proper systems in place to look for said rebates.

New Phoenix council members ‘unapologetic’ about who they are

When Betty Guardado and Carlos Garcia, Phoenix’s newest councilmembers, raised their right hands to take the oath of office on June 6, her left hand rested on a Bible and his on a landmark Chicano history book.

Developmental disability providers hopeful extra funding goes to wage hikes

Organizations that contract with the state to provide services for adults with developmental disabilities are waiting to find out whether the Arizona Department of Economic Security will free up some of its new funding to help cover the increased costs they’re incurring due to Arizona’s rising minimum wage.

Rejection of per diem increase follows the ideals of the 27th Amendment

One might say that Gov. Doug Ducey’s decision Friday to veto legislation that would have granted an immediate and substantial increase in the pay that lawmakers receive was inspired by the constitutional amendment with the oddest history.