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FactCheck: Double-counting trillions in Trump's budget

How does President Donald Trump’s proposed budget reach a balance in 10 years, as the administration says it will?... Read more»

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From the editor

Buy local: Don't short Tucson business over sales-tax increase

I find it more than a bit disappointing that the petulant reaction to Tucson voters approving a half-cent bump in the sales tax is for some who opposed it to declare that they'll now "do all their shopping online." It's important to do business with local small business. That's how money stays in our community — support your local mom and pop.... Read more»4

What the Devil won't tell you

Prop. 101 OKed: Council's road to redemption will now be paved

Look out, world. Prop. 101 passed with 60 percent, as voters rewarded smart, shrewd leadership from the City Council ... yes, the Tucson City Council. (Read that line again if need be. I'll go grab a Coke.) Here's why that's good news.... Read more»

Prop. 101

Tucson sales-tax bump passes easily; will fund police, fire & roads

In a special election Tuesday, Tucson voters approved a half-cent increase in the city's sales tax by a wide margin: 41,000 yes ballots to 25,000 no votes. Proposition 101 was OKed by a majority of those voting in every ward. It will take effect July 1, and fund police and fire equipment, and road repairs.... Read more»

Prop. 101

Deadline: Mail Tucson sales-tax ballots Wednesday

Tucson voters who want to have a say in a possible half-cent increase in the city's sales tax need to drop their ballots in the Prop. 101 special election in the mail on Wednesday, or turn them in by hand at one of seven sites next week. The vote-by-mail election ends Tuesday.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Arizona losing the economic Battle of Yesteryear

The whole point of Arizona model of "always low taxes" is to win the battle for business. But it looks like our state is fighting the last battle and losing. We have the stingiest combination of low state spending and high poverty rates in America, and now state leaders — and the state as a whole — are going to have to go back to school to cash in on the changing economy.... Read more»

Obamacare

Squeaker in House becomes headache for Senate: 5 things to watch

After weeks of will-they-or-won’t-they tensions, the House managed to pass its GOP replacement for the Affordable Care Act by a razor-thin margin. Now the bill — and the multitude of questions surrounding it — moves across the Capitol to the Senate. And the job doesn’t get any easier, with only a two-vote Republican majority and no likely Democratic support.... Read more»

The cost of cuts: Arizona tax carve-outs last year hit $13.7B

Teachers who marched on the Capitol in support of doubling the salary boost that lawmakers were considering went home empty-handed, as Republican lawmakers backed a budget that grants a two-percent increase over the next two years, saying there simply wasn’t money available. But that figure is dwarfed by how much tax revenue the state doesn’t collect each year: In fiscal year 2016, state law allowed $13.7 billion in taxes to go uncollected through a litany of exemptions, deductions, allowances, exclusions or credits.... Read more»

Arizonans paid $11,264 in federal tax in 2016, below U.S. average

After accounts were settled Tuesday with Uncle Sam, the typical Arizonan sent $11,264 to the federal government, about 20 percent below the national average of $14,051.... Read more»

Monday deadline to register to vote in Tucson sales tax election

The deadline to register to vote in next month's special election on a half-cent city sales tax is midnight on Monday, April 17. You can register online or check your current registration at ServiceArizona.com.... Read more»

Time’s running out for Arizonans to claim millions in old tax refunds

Arizonans have until Tuesday to claim close to $25 million in tax refunds left on the table from the 2013 tax season, part of more than $1 billion nationally in unclaimed refunds from that year.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Tucson sales tax referendum confirms erosion is no hoax

Stuff breaks. Erosion happens. Things cost money. These are the realities prompting Prop. 101, the sales-tax bump going before city voters in just a few weeks.... Read more»

Just like death and taxes, tax scammers are a sure thing, IRS warns

The tax filing deadline is just three weeks away, which means tax scams are in full swing, the Internal Revenue Service warns.... Read more»

Legislative roundup: A retired justice, minimum wage & drunken hair cuts

The week in the Arizona Legislature.... Read more»

State of the City

Rothschild: Tucson a 'reliable partner' with business

The text of Mayor Rothschild's "State of the City" speech, delivered Thursday: "The City of Tucson is a good partner, a reliable partner, as we've proven time and time again during my tenure as mayor." Rothschild made his case for an increase in Tucson's sales tax, asking voters to OK it at an upcoming special election to help fund police, fire and road repairs.... Read more»

Report: Immigrants living in Arizona contribute $21.4 billion to state's economy

A New York group urging immigration reform has calculated that about 900,000 immigrants living in Arizona contribute at least $21.4 billion to the state’s economy through purchases as well as taxes.... Read more»

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