Law & Government

Republicans are already talking about a government shutdown in July

BY: - January 17, 2023

The Arizona Legislature has been in session for barely a week, and already Republican lawmakers are saying bipartisanship appears firmly out of reach and the state is headed for a government shutdown this summer.  “What we need to really look at — in my opinion and based on this discussion — is how do we […]

Dreamer scholarship would benefit thousands of undocumented students

BY: - January 17, 2023

More than 3,000 undocumented students in Arizona could see their dreams of a college degree come true under a new scholarship proposed by Gov. Katie Hobbs.  Dubbed the Promise for Dreamers Scholarship Program, the $40 million dollar investment is  aimed at supporting undocumented students who’ve attended a high school in the state for at least […]

Water managers across drought-stricken West agree on one thing: ‘This is going to be painful’

BY: - January 16, 2023

Water authorities in the Western U.S. don’t have a crystal ball, but rapidly receding reservoirs uncovering sunken boats and other debris lost in their depths decades ago give a clear view of the hard choices ahead. If western states do not agree on a plan to safeguard the Colorado River — the source of the […]

Hobbs’ budget would repeal the school voucher expansion, scrap the Border Strike Force

BY: - January 13, 2023

Gov. Katie Hobbs’ budget proposal includes $17.1 billion in total spending for the 2024 fiscal year, including an end to last year’s expansion of the universal school vouchers, removing around 40,000 students from the program.  The budget includes $273.7 million in new funding for education, with a total education budget of $9 billion, which includes […]

Tribal leaders advocate for the state’s support during tribal nations day

BY: - January 13, 2023

Dozens of people from tribal nations across Arizona gathered this week at the state Capitol to celebrate Indian Nations and Tribes Legislative Day.  “Arizona is a stronger state because of the 22 federally recognized tribes found here,” state Senate President Warren Petersen said during his speech.“As we enter the first week of the 56th legislative […]

COMMENTARY

Katie Hobbs may not speak all that loudly, but she has a lot to say

BY: - January 13, 2023

Stop me if you’ve heard this, but Gov. Katie Hobbs is not exactly known for her oratorical skills. She’s no MLK, Jr., or Barack Obama, or, thankfully, Kari Lake, who spent decades behind a mic at the local Fox affiliate honing her speaking chops before taking Hobbs on as the GOP nominee in November. But […]

States that limit business with banks that ‘boycott’ fossil fuels could pay high cost, study says

BY: - January 13, 2023

Republican state policymakers’ efforts to boost fossil fuels by prohibiting their governments from doing business with companies that take sustainability into consideration has the potential to cost states millions, according to a study released Thursday. Researchers looked specifically at the possible effects on Florida, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Oklahoma and West Virginia if they passed Texas-like […]

Republicans announce piecemeal plan to pass a state budget

BY: - January 12, 2023

Republicans in the Arizona legislature want to deal with the state budget, the passage of which is arguably the legislature’s most important annual task, in an unorthodox fashion this year.  GOP leaders in both the state House of Representatives and Senate announced Thursday a plan to focus first on a spending plan that continues funding […]

GOP leaders say they won’t be ‘rushed’ to stop the looming massive school budget cuts

BY: - January 12, 2023

An impending school funding ceiling is one of the first hurdles on the legislative agenda, and while schools are facing nearly $1.4 billion in budget cuts if it isn’t lifted, Republican legislative leaders say they will take action — just not immediately.  At issue is a spending cap in the Arizona Constitution called the aggregate […]

Tom Horne focused on test scores and discipline, says ‘race is irrelevant’ in American life

BY: - January 11, 2023

Republican Tom Horne says he intends to work across the aisle to improve education in Arizona, but his views on discipline, social emotional learning and racial issues in schools are so far to the right that finding a middle ground with Democratic lawmakers and Gov. Katie Hobbs will prove challenging, if not impossible.  With a […]

How six controversies from 2022 can help Arizona fix its elections now

BY: - January 11, 2023

Every seat in the small lobby of the election headquarters was filled. With video cameras rolling and reporters kneeling on the floor, Maricopa County Supervisors Chairman Bill Gates apologized. “We will learn from it and do better,” Gates said, suited up behind a makeshift podium on Nov. 9, the windows behind him offering a glimpse […]

Lake Mead

Water leaders to lawmakers: No ‘silver bullet’ in Arizona’s water crisis

BY: - January 11, 2023

The day after Gov. Katie Hobbs delivered her first State of the State, outlining plans to address the state’s growing water crisis, the heads of the state’s water agencies stood before lawmakers to deliver an at times grim reality of the state’s water future.  “I do not believe that any of the (Active Management Areas) […]