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Tucson's $2.2 billion budget tops a long list of agenda items the City Council will take up this week.

The Tucson City Council will hold a study session Tuesday to discuss, oh, just about everything they've ever thought about discussing at any particular time. Plus more in other local government meetings this week. Read more»

Some groups with ties to the Oath Keepers – an extremist group with leaders who were found guilty of seditious conspiracy connected to the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol – were granted tax-exempt status.

The wide array of U.S. nonprofits includes many media outlets, chambers of commerce and political parties, but the IRS also granted tax-exempt status to extremists, including an Oath Keepers foundation – here’s why that’s not as surprising as it sounds. Read more»

Title 42 ended and the republic survived as border crossings fell, rather than skyrocketing as cable news pundits feverishly forecast.

I've been waiting for the foretold catastrophic flood of migrants crossing the border after the end of Title 42. But early indications are that crossings have fallen precipitously, even as Pima County and social service workers have been handling the problem. Read more»

Voters say said to Prop. 412, a franchise agreement between Tucson Electric Power and the city of Tucson.

Prop. 412 — an election that would have allowed Tucson Electric the continued right to access public rights of way for repairs — died a sputtering, sparkly death Tuesday. All sides have until 2026 to come up with a new deal. Read more»

Pima County Administrator Jan Lesher will unveil her proposed $1.8 billion budget for fiscal year 2023-24. It could get dicey with the board.

Pima County Administrator Jan Lesher seems to want to adjust the county's base budget upward a tad after the Great Recession forced supervisors to push it down. It's part of a plan to recruit talent and invest in roads, as the surplus reaches $159 million. Plus more in local government meetings this week. Read more»

Budget season descends on local governments.

It's the most mathematical time of the year. Budget time is when priorities with the force of dollars behind them are set for the next year. Next year's to-do puts a premium on capital investment and hiring talent. Plus more in local government meetings this week. Read more»

'Fathers and mothers,' 'children,' 'how many more?' Grave markers from 2021 when record heat lead to a deluge of death along the border as people crossing the border succumbed to the elements.

Tucson Mayor Regina Romero and Vice Mayor Steve Kozachik want to start another process to force the redaction of racially offensive provisions in old covenants, codes and restrictions that govern homeowners associations. Plus more in local government meetings this week. Read more»

Fox’s star broadcasters like Carlson found enormous success by embracing an authenticity-as-a-form-of-populism approach.

Tucker Carlson’s departure after Fox News’ settlement over the network’s promotion of 2020 election misinformation reveals Fox’s biggest strength and weakness: the network’s incredible understanding of what its audience wants and its unrelenting willingness to deliver exactly that. Read more»

The tax deadline has been pushed back to April 18 this year, giving those leaving it to the last minute a few extra days - but why is Tax Day in April anyway? Read more»

Tucson voters to vote on Prop. 412, a deal allowing Tucson Electric Power access to its equipment on public rights of way... for a price.

Voters never reject franchise agreements. However, the law isn't clear about what happens if, come May 16, they fail to approve a deal between the city and Tucson Electric Power. Read more»

Mexico’s detentions and deportations have done little to stop the flow of migrants entering the country en route to the U.S.

The migrant deaths in a detention facility just across the U.S. border will likely be found to have had several contributing factors, as the immigration enforcement policies of the U.S. and Mexican governments has seen the number of people kept in such facilities skyrocket. Read more»

Companies like Venmo, Etsy and Airbnb will be required to issue tax documents to anyone earning more than $600 on their sites.

New rules are going to make sure the Internal Revenue Service gets more information about payments made to apps often used for informal work - and gig workers making at least $600 a year with a side hustle through an online platform should be on the lookout for a 1099-K. Read more»

In an age of polarization, it is worth remembering that one of the pillars of King’s philosophy was pluralism: the idea of multiple communities engaging one another, acknowledging their differences and shared bonds, and striving to create what King called a “Beloved Community.” Read more»

Immigrants who participated in large-scale migration were often children, and also, of course, eventually the children of immigrants. And they ended up working in places as diverse as railroads, mines, factories, domestic service and agriculture.

Recent stories of migrant children working long hours and under dangerous conditions in the United States have shed light on how pervasive migrant child labor has become in this country. Read more»

The challenge of keeping Sun Tran free for riders is front and center before the Tucson City Council.

The Tucson city staff has some ideas to recoup the $10 million necessary to keep Sun Tran buses free. One of them is a parking levy. Local Republicans are not happy about it. Plus, Marana tackles AirBnbS, and more in local government meetings this week. Read more»

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