Politics

The litany of tax exemptions, deductions & exclusions continues to grow, to the detriment of K-12 funding

Amid yesterday’s discussion of K-12 funding in the pending state budget, House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Regina Cobb conceded that the increase for what’s known as district additional assistance – which goes to pay for...

Why are we acting like a bunch of Soviets when it comes to the climate crisis?

We’ve become a nation of climate science deniers, ignoring the imminent threat of global heating.

AG’s Office set to receive $500k for ‘election integrity’ investigators

Attorney General Mark Brnovich wants the legislature to fund a new voter fraud unit, with an eye toward refuting the baseless claims of voter fraud that swirled in some political circles after the 2018 election.

Deal to expand rights of sexual abuse survivors in the works However, Sen. Paul Boyer says he isn't yet...

Sen. Paul Boyer, R-Glendale, and Rep. T.J. Shope, R-Coolidge, may have been able to come to an agreement on a bill to expand the ability of survivors of child sexual abuse to take their abusers to court that has been threatening to stall budget talks.

Ducey signs bill to move up primary election date

Arizona’s primary election, among the latest in the country every two years, will be slightly earlier starting in 2020.Gov. Doug Ducey on Wednesday signed Senate Bill 1154, which moves the primary election to the...

Budget would force Flagstaff to pay state for minimum wage costs

Flagstaff voters who twice approved a $15 minimum wage may soon find their city on the hook to pay for some of the extra costs that state is incurring because of it.

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...

Townsend says her K-12 budget vote requires a politicking-in-classroom ban

Rep. Kelly Townsend says she won’t vote for the K-12 education portion of the proposed budget unless the legislature passes her plan to crack down on politicking in the classroom by teachers, which she wants as a response to the #RedForEd movement that culminated in a historic teachers’ strike last year.

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.

Betty Guardado, Carlos Garcia poised to be new faces on Phoenix City Council

Union organizer Betty Guardado will be the new representative for District 5 in West Phoenix, unseating councilwoman Vania Guevara, and immigrant rights activist Carlos Garcia is poised to defeat former councilman Mike Johnson in District 8, according to preliminary election results.