Is another surge coming? Sharply rising COVID-19 cases worry health experts
Arizona had been seeing a decline in COVID-19 cases but new data is showing that cases are continuing to rise, with 11 of the state’s 15 counties having “substantial” spread and the state increasing its number of cases for five consecutive weeks as hospital capacity continues to be strained.
New law prohibiting mask mandates in schools ‘reckless, dangerous and short-sighted’
Public health experts said Arizona’s new prohibition on face masks mandates in schools is a political move not supported by science that endangers children, teens and school staff.
Education groups heading to the ballot to block new tax cuts
A coalition of public education advocates are mounting a campaign to ask voters to overturn the tax cuts that were the centerpiece of the budget that Republican lawmakers and Gov. Ducey just approved.
Retired Green Beret: Congress must stop the GOP’s ‘simply un-American’ voting restrictions
They thank us for our service, but their behavior can not be anything more than an effort to take and keep power, at any cost.
New laws take the ‘civilian’ out of civilian review boards overseeing police
Any plans to implement independent community oversight of Arizona police departments are effectively dead after Republican lawmakers passed laws aimed at excluding police critics and letting cops lead that oversight.
Ducey rescinds 25 COVID-19 executive orders
Gov. Doug Ducey on Friday rescinded 25 COVID-19 related executive orders, including an executive order that required face masks in schools.
Ducey signs budget with hours to go before fiscal year ends
With the start of the new fiscal year less than eight hours away, Gov. Doug Ducey signed the $12.8 billion budget shortly after lawmakers sent him the final two budget bills to his desk.
GOP lawmakers said ‘NO’ to Arizona students and teachers
Ducey and Arizona’s Republican legislators made their priorities crystal clear this year. They said NO to fully funding education and NO to millions of working families, but gave a resounding YES to wealthy special interests and campaign donors.
Biden administration snubs Ducey in Western wildfire meeting
Doug Ducey was one of just three Western governors that the White House didn’t invite to a meeting on wildfires that the Biden administration convened, despite the particularly nasty fire season that Arizona is currently facing.
Poll: Arizonans don’t want to re-elect Biden, but will support him over Trump
Arizonans don’t want to re-elect President Joe Biden to another term in 2024, but will again give the state’s 11 electoral votes to him if he’s running against Donald Trump, according to a poll released Tuesday. And U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema has better job approval ratings from Republican voters than from her fellow Democrats, who […]
House finalizes budget, tax cuts, but kills ESA expansion
The Arizona House of Representatives wrapped up work Friday on a $12.8 billion budget that dramatically overhauls the state’s income tax code, shields some wealthy Arizonans from paying a voter-approved tax to boost teacher pay and mandates new civics curriculum in public schools.
GOP lawmakers pass sweeping tax cuts after limiting debate
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.”