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Ducey touts Az border-crime effort at made-for-campaign event

Gov. Doug Ducey, in an event staged for campaign cameras, said Wednesday that Arizona will spend $2.9 million in fiscal 2019 on the multiagency "Arizona Border Strike Force" effort to stop drug trafficking and human smuggling at the border.... Read more»

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What the Devil won't tell you

Bonding for road repair is a horrible idea, but likely necessary

Debt is for the new refrigerator. It's not for weekly groceries. Still, we all gotta eat, right? Pima County faces no option other than taking on debt to pay for much-needed maintenance.... Read more»

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Pima County moves to get itself sued to fight Ducey's sneaky TUSD tax hike

Pima County has voted to force the tax issue — on the state, TUSD or itself. Either way, someone is getting sued over a property tax hike that looks as illegal as a careening U-turn on I-10.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Huckelberry: More to Pima County budget than just the total amount

The Pima County Board of Supervisors at the end of May took one of the interim steps required by state law to pass the annual county budget and set the expenditure limit for next fiscal year at $1.35 billion. That means that when they consider final budget adoption at the June 19 meeting, no matter what changes they may seek, the budget can't be any more than $1.35 billion. ... Read more»

Factchecking Trump on military pay raises

At an event honoring the mothers and spouses of military members, President Donald Trump mistakenly said that the recently approved budget raised military pay for the “first time in 10 years.” That isn’t true, as the White House admits.... Read more»

Deconstructed

Az upends school procurement laws in effort to cool cozy relationships with builders

Included in the new $10.4 billion Arizona budget are massive changes to how public schools will be allowed to hire builders for large construction projects, as well as harsh new penalties for malfeasance that occurs during the selection process. But charter schools are exempted.... Read more»

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State of play: Arizona's school funding rank has barely budged

Whatever was lost to the timing of the end of the teacher walkout will be irrelevant to the broader strategy. Arizona no longer ranks 49th in K-12 spending. With all the new money shoveled into K-12, the state ranks 48th.... Read more»

GOP Legislature sending $7.5M to UA, ASU 'freedom schools' despite millions yet unspent

In the face of teacher walkouts that have forced the closure of hundreds of public schools and displaced more than 800,000 students in a fight over funding for K-12 education, Arizona lawmakers are speeding toward passage of a budget that will provide $7.5 million to two state universities for so-called "freedom schools" designed to teach conservative values.... Read more»

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Nice try governor, but #RedForED deseg switcheroo won't fly

Gov. Ducey's plan to increase teacher pay includes an illegal tax hike on Tucson homeowners.... Read more»1

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Trump, school funding crisis may doom GOP control of Az Legislature

If school funding proves decisive and the anti-Trump trend continues, Republican control of the Arizona State Senate looks done for and their grip on the House may be fleeting. This is a really bad year to be carrying around an elephant. ... Read more»1

Guest opinion

Cunningham: Pumping Tucson water an expensive, uphill process

Tucson Water rates will be going up. You need to be told why. The simple answer is, we live in a desert and we don't have much water. Getting water from the Colorado River — 334 miles away, downhill — is expensive. In a sense, you aren't paying for water so much as the power and infrastructure it takes to get it to your house.... Read more»

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Reaction to teachers' daring walkout will show how '4Ed' this red state is

Just how "#ForEd" is this red state? We're about to find out. A backlash against starving school budgets is to be expected. What Arizona teachers are asking for is a decisive win: here, now and all at once. That's always a lot to ask in politics.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Ragan: Stand with teachers who walk out, as they stand for kids and schools

On the eve of what is set to be an historic week, many of us are preparing all across Arizona for something we haven’t seen in generations: an educator walkout.... Read more»

Analysis

No link between teacher pay, district admin costs

Despite conservative "messaging" about the likely walkouts over Arizona's having among the worst teacher pay in the country, an analysis of spending data showed no correlation between per-district administration costs and how much teachers are paid.... Read more»

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Beware Ducey bearing the moon for K-12

We can trust the Legislature to look for ways to shortchange K-12 spending like we can trust fish to swim. So the constitutional amendment path is the way to go because it orders the governor and lawmakers to pay up for education, and end a quarter-century tradition of neglect.... Read more»

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Stop making sense: Immigration debate devolving into word salad

The immigration debate, and for the moment the controversy about the National Guard on the border, is about an inevitable power shift – who's losing it, who's got it, and what they are going to do with it on the brink of massive cultural change. No wonder the facts are irrelevant.... Read more»

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