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GOP lawmakers pass sweeping tax cuts after limiting debate

BY: and - June 25, 2021

The Arizona House of Representatives passed large swaths of the state budget package Thursday, including a sweeping tax plan, a prohibition on COVID-19 vaccination requirements in public universities and rules for printing ballots with watermarks and holographic foil as “anti-fraud measures.”  

Arizona Senate approves $12.8 B budget, massive tax cut

BY: - June 23, 2021

After weeks of stops and starts and negotiations with GOP holdouts, Senate Republicans passed a budget and massive income tax cut, while House Democrats were able to delay the vote in their chamber by leaving the Capitol to ensure there was no quorum.

Dems delay House budget vote, but stall its passage only until Thursday

BY: - June 22, 2021

Republican legislative leaders and Gov. Doug Ducey solved two big problems standing in the way of a budget deal, only to see other issues emerge as one GOP senator vowed to withhold her vote and Democrats denied them a quorum in the House.

Staring at a government shutdown, Republicans seek compromise on tax cuts

BY: - June 10, 2021

One of the two GOP holdouts blocking the proposed budget and tax cut plan forged by Republican legislative leaders and Gov. Doug Ducey is working on a compromise plan. 

Rep. David Cook told to evacuate his home during budget vote

BY: - June 7, 2021

In the midst of casting the deciding vote against a massive tax cut for wealthy Arizonans that doomed a Republican-led budget proposal Monday, Rep. David Cook got word that his family has been ordered to evacuate their home in Globe due to the approaching Telegraph Fire, which has reached over 56,000 acres. 

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Globe Republican David Cook votes against flat-tax proposal, scuttling GOP budget

BY: - June 7, 2021

House Republicans’ effort to force through a budget fell short again as GOP Rep. David Cook continued his opposition over a massive income tax cut package. 

House to return for budget vote, but GOP support remains in question

BY: - June 4, 2021

The Arizona House of Representatives will take another shot at passing a budget on Monday, including a massive income tax cut, but it still doesn’t appear to have enough support to pass.

Ducey vetoes 22 bills, says nothing will be signed until budget is approved

BY: - May 28, 2021

Gov. Doug Ducey is ratcheting up the pressure on GOP lawmakers to reach an agreement on the budget, vowing not to sign any other legislation that reaches his desk until he gets a budget, and backing up his threat by vetoing 22 bills.

Unable to win GOP support for a budget, lawmakers pause work for 2 weeks

BY: - May 27, 2021

The Senate on Thursday abandoned plans to vote on a budget and instead adjourned until June 10 amid a stalemate over a proposed budget deal and the massive income tax cut it includes.

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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Consular ID measure headed to Ducey’s desk

BY: - February 25, 2021

A bipartisan group of lawmakers in the Senate and House of Representatives approved on Wednesday a measure to end a 2011 law that prohibits state and local governments from recognizing consular identification cards.

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Mark Finchem cleared of 82 ethics complaints related to the Jan. 6 riot

BY: - February 12, 2021

Oro Valley Republican Mark Finchem has been cleared of 82 ethics complaints that were filed against him after he was at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 and praised the rioters who stormed the building and disrupted Congress in the deadly siege.