Unemployment aid up, taxes down in budget deal. But can it win GOP support?

BY: - May 20, 2021

Unemployment benefits will go up while tax rates will go down, especially for the wealthiest Arizonans, under the budget deal forged by Gov. Doug Ducey and legislative Republican leaders.

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Grim budget forecast improves slightly, as May revenues beat expectations

BY: - June 9, 2020

The shortfall that legislative budget analysts are projecting has gotten a little smaller, though they’re still expecting a sizable deficit.


Monday Musings: Ducey budget is a better deal than GOP leadership plans

BY: - January 27, 2020

The State Capitol budget is on an election year fast track, and that’s OK. Republican legislators should pass Gov. Doug Ducey’s fiscal year 2021 budget recommendation as is, thus eliminating what has become a closed-door, drawn-out GOP budget process. Democratic legislators can protest with their votes against it.


Ducey’s bold plan for Arizona? A return to 2008 spending…eventually

BY: - January 15, 2020

We should realize the governor isn’t setting forth a bold, new vision for Arizona’s future, but rather placing us on a path to move back in time, specifically one more in line with the budget priorities of 2008, when a Democratic governor led the state.

Ducey wary about justice reform, sex ed changes; pledges new K-12 spending in 2020

BY: - January 11, 2020

If criminal justice reform advocates hope the 2020 legislative session will lead to more success than the disappointing 2019 session, they’ve got their work cut out for them, as Gov. Doug Ducey says the scope of reforms he’s open to are far more limited than what they’re seeking.


Monday Musings: All eyes on how Sinema handles impeachment

BY: - January 6, 2020

Columnist Chris Herstam weighs in on what's happening in Arizona politics and uses his 40 years of experience in and around government to help you understand what's happening behind the scenes and why it's important.

State flush with cash, schools and prisons leading contenders for new spending

BY: - October 11, 2019

The state is on track to be flush with cash when lawmakers arrive at the Capitol in January, and the two leading contenders for that windfall are the education and incarceration systems.

Arizona agency wants $22 million for ‘cyber risk fund’

BY: - September 13, 2019

The Arizona Department of Administration is requesting $22.5 million next year for a cyber risk fund that would help establish a statewide insurance and response for data breaches to state agencies.