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What the Devil won't tell you

A privilege to tax: RTA law clears way for new sales taxes

Someday soon, Arizona is going to have to have a talk with itself about how much sales tax is too much, and if a new revenue balance is worth pursuing.... Read more»

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Guest opinion

Huckelberry: Road repair funding must be equitable solution for taxpayers

"A vocal faction want two-thirds of county taxpayers to pay to fix the roads of one-third of county taxpayers, while providing fewer county services to everyone." — Chuck Huckelberry... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Mayor needs more power in new City Charter

Responsibility multiplied by authority creates accountability. Tucson's mayor now has just perceived accountability and the City Charter should make it real.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Charter proposal to pay bonds with sales tax could lead to trouble

The Charter Review Committee chose a compromise to send to the Council: Allowing sales taxes for bonds but no additional sales tax capacity. Bond money needs an unobstructed path to investors — tying that money to the general fund could spell trouble either for city services or Tucson's credit. ... Read more»

Buckmaster Show

Buckmaster: Pima County bond priorities

The Friday Focus interview was with Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry. Then, the Reporters' Roundtable featured Mark B. Evans and Dan Shearer. Plus, Weekend Watch with host Matt Russell.... Read more»

Buckmaster Show

Buckmaster: Will Pima County voters say 'yes' to bonds?

The Friday Focus spotlighted Pima County Supervisor Ray Carroll (R-District 4). Then, the Reporters' Roundtable featured Sarah Garrecht Gassen, editorial writer and columnist for the Arizona Daily Star, and Dan Shearer, editor of the Green Valley News and Sahuarita Sun. Plus, Weekend Watch with Matt Russell.... Read more»

John C. Scott

J.C. Scott: Pima County bond survey deadline extended

Vail School District Superintendent Calvin Baker; President of the Tucson Hispanic Chamber Lea Marquez Peterson; Nicole Fyffe, assistant to Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry; Pima Animal Care Committee Chairman Jack Nueman, Republican representative on the Pima County Election Integrity Commission Benny White.... Read more»

John C. Scott

J.C. Scott: Does Tucson support Davis-Monthan?

Ward 3 Tucson City Council candidate Ben Buehler Garcia, Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry, Tucson Transportation Director Daryl Cole, and TucsonSentinel.com's Dylan Smith.... Read more»

John C. Scott

J.C. Scott: Unlicensed contractors face increased enforcement

Jim Kuliesh of the Alliance of Construction Trades, Pima County Recorder F. Ann Rodriguez, Middle East expert Prof. Stephen Zunes, developer Richard Studwell, and attorney Kory Langhoffer... Read more»

Buckmaster Show

Buckmaster: Where do you want your bond money spent?

An interview with Pima County Supervisor Sharon Bronson (D-District 3). Also, our monthly Blogger Beat segment with David Safier of BlogForArizona.com.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Appeals court says gov't must respect voters

Governments can't induce voters to approve a bond measure for one purpose only to spend the money on another, unapproved purpose. "To hold otherwise," declared the court, "makes this constitutional guarantee illusory."... Read more»

Mesa mayor says lifting bonds’ tax-exempt status could hurt cities

While much of Washington is focused on the impact of Friday’s “sequestration” cuts, Mesa Mayor Scott Smith is worried that a proposed solution to that problem could end up seriously hurting cities.... Read more»

John C. Scott Show

J.C. Scott: Ally Miller and Stephanie Mach interviewed

Interviews with Ally Miller, a Republican candidate for Pima County supervisor, and Stephanie Mach, a Democratic candidate for state House in LD10.... Read more»

Analysis

Risky business? Understanding the biz of gov't bonds

Three law firms dominate the legal work that goes into issuing state and local government debt in Arizona.... Read more»

John C. Scott Show

JC Scott: What price should Cunningham pay?

Walt Setzer, Republican candidate for Pima County sheriff, RNC Committeeman Bruce Ash, and TucsonCitizen.com administrator Mark Evans each talked politics.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Goldwater: A tale of two cities—in debt

Policymakers across the nation owe it to taxpayers to consider the importance of limiting public debt, particularly for risky ventures that provide more benefit to private interests or government unions than the public at large. ... Read more»1

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