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.
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.”
Public education groups ready referendum, lawsuits on tax cuts and other budget items
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
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
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.
Ducey ditches ‘things that matter’ to Arizonans so the rich can be richer
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.”
Inmate numbers are dropping. So why is the Corrections budget growing?
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
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
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.
Globe Republican David Cook votes against flat-tax proposal, scuttling GOP budget
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
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.
Unable to win GOP support for a budget, lawmakers pause work for 2 weeks
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.