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Education groups heading to the ballot to block new tax cuts

BY: - July 7, 2021

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.

Ducey signs budget with hours to go before fiscal year ends

BY: - June 30, 2021

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.

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GOP lawmakers said ‘NO’ to Arizona students and teachers

BY: - June 30, 2021

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.

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.”  

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Public education groups ready referendum, lawsuits on tax cuts and other budget items

BY: - June 24, 2021

A coalition of public education advocacy groups that banded together last year to pass higher taxes on the wealthy to increase teacher pay and boost school funding are now looking at ways to stop Republican legislators and Gov. Doug Ducey from undermining that tax increase in a state budget that includes massive tax cuts for […]

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.

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Ducey ditches ‘things that matter’ to Arizonans so the rich can be richer

BY: - June 16, 2021

In the not-so-distant past (two years ago), Gov. Doug Ducey praised a budget that paid down the state’s debt, claiming “it’s the responsible thing to do.”

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Inmate numbers are dropping. So why is the Corrections budget growing?

BY: - June 15, 2021

As the 2021 Legislative session drags into the summer, the state budgeting process has ground to a halt while Gov. Doug Ducey and Republican leaders try to force through a catastrophic flat tax — one which cities, towns and even other conservative Republicans oppose. 

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.