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State of the City

Rothschild: Envision Tucson's future with clear eyes

Mayor Rothschild: "2020 is less than two years away. Let's look where we're at today, and where we want to be then, with clear-eyed, 20/20 vision. Let's strive to see things from each other's perspective, and not through the distorting lens of ideology."... Read more»

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Pima accepts Stonegarden border funds, but still questions program's costs, accountability

Pima County supervisors OKed taking nearly $1.4 million from the feds to underwrite border enforcement, after Supervisor Ramón Valadez requested five conditions to make working with Border Patrol more transparent and responsive to claims that deputies may engage in racial profiling. ... Read more»

Guest opinion

Wells: Legislature more concerned about haircuts than trimming charter-school spending abuses

So far this year the state Legislature has devoted more attention to who can blow-dry hair in Arizona than enhancing oversight and accountability for the more than $1 billion that flows annually from the general fund to our state's charter schools.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

The great tax trade: Can city & county cooperate?

A Tucson-Pima County swap could give both the options they seek at no big cost to taxpayers: Have the city increase property taxes and cut the sales tax, and the county do the opposite. It would diversify revenues for both.... Read more»

FactChecking Trump’s State of the Union

The president exaggerates his accomplishments in his address to Congress.... Read more»

Jackalope award, poem laud Ally Miller's budget blasts

Supervisor Ally Miller was named a Local Hero by the Koch brothers-connected Americans for Prosperity this week, receiving a taxidermied specimen of the mythical creature of the Southwest deserts, the jackalope. ... Read more»

Rogue Columnist

Talton: The winter of our discontent

We've made it through the first year of the presidency of Donald Trump (let that name attached to that title sink in) without a nuclear war with North Korea. But there's next year.... Read more»


Millions, billions, trillions: How to make sense of numbers in the news

National discussions of crucial importance to ordinary citizens inevitably involve dollar figures in the millions, billions and trillions. It’s really easy to read past these words, and extremely difficult to internalize how dramatically different these amounts are. These thought experiments can help you brush up on your numerical literacy.... Read more»

Az lawmakers split along party lines as House approves GOP tax plan

Arizona lawmakers fell in line with their respective parties as the House voted 227-205 for a $1.5 trillion Republican tax plan, making good on Speaker Paul Ryan’s promise to get a bill passed before the Thanksgiving recess.... Read more»

20% of Arizona filers took state, local tax deduction House wants to drop

A GOP tax-reform plan to eliminate deductions for state and local income and sales tax payments would affect one in five Arizona taxpayers, who used it to deduct more than $3.5 billion from their 2015 income.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Ad debunker: Tucson taxes nowhere near the country's highest

Spreading the falsehood that Tucson's taxes lead the country is proselytizing a faith in local incompetence that is beyond biblical and dangerous for our economy. As a matter of fact, we don't come close to stacking up against truly tax-stricken cities.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Jones: Community crisis of access & affordability

"We are at a pivotal moment right now in the fight for equity for our youngest learners -- a real opportunity to invest in our most crucial resource, our children." — Strong Start Tucson campaign supporter Amber Jones.... Read more»5

Guest opinion

Fimbres: Education key to success but Prop. 204 not the right answer

Councilman Richard Fimbres on the Strong Start Tucson initiative: "The efforts this year on the ballot measure known as Prop. 204 are admirable, but the language in this proposition raised concerns for me, for future mayors and Councils and for the good citizens of Tucson."... Read more»1

What the Devil won't tell you

TUSD's decision to bond is not sub-prime

About Prop. 458, TUSD's bond question on the ballot: I've been hearing that bond debt "compares" to all the morally nebulous debt that is drowning Washington and destroying the economy. The word folks are looking for is "contrasts." Some borrowing is smart debt; it's not all evil.... Read more»2

Guest opinion

Prop. 204: A voucher by any other name

Guest opinion: We in Tucson owe it to our children to implement a program that will benefit all of our community. We must build a program that will help low income children close the learning gap, not a program that allows upper middle-class families a rebate on their tuition while working families are asked to pay "put some skin in the game."... Read more»4

Guest opinion

Prop. 204 is about kids and about the town where they live

Guest opinion: It’s “poorly written,” “vague” and “lacking in oversight,” they say. Opponents of Prop. 204 are arguing that the measure is an incompetent attempt by amateurs because, well, it is impossible to win with “preschool is bad.” ... Read more»

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