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Budget impasse continues in Senate after day of negotiating

The Arizona Senate stalled on passing the state budget Saturday as a split among Republicans left leaders scrambling, and so far failing, to find the needed votes to pass the $11.8 billion spending plan...

AZ House approves budget to force Senate action, despite holdouts

Republicans in the Arizona House of Representatives voted on a state budget deep into the night Friday, approving an $11.8 billion spending plan and sending it to the Senate, where several Republican continue to hold out in search of various policy changes.

Legislature set to work during weekend amid budget impasse

The Legislature appeared poised to work through the Memorial Day weekend as the budget stalemate continued at the Capitol on Friday.

Census: Arizona continues to lag far behind U.S. on school spending

New Census Bureau figures show that per-pupil spending in Arizona’s public schools was fourth-lowest in the nation in 2017, hampering the state’s efforts in recent years to improve education funding.

House passes parts of budget in late-night action, but Senate still appears stalled

Republicans in the Arizona House of Representatives moved forward on the budget without their Senate colleagues, working into the early morning hours of Friday in the hope of spurring the legislature’s upper chamber into action.

Guardado, Garcia to lean on street experience, bring new voices to Phoenix City Council

Phoenix voters in the south, central and west sides of the city picked two outsiders to represent them on city council this week: union leader Betty Guardado for District 5, and immigrant rights activist Carlos Garcia for District 8.

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.
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