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A team from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers conduct site assessments of potential alternate care facilities in Apache County, Arizona, in response to COVID-19. State officials have refused to adopt OSHA’s new safety standards for health care workers, and federal regulators announced this week that they will begin the process of taking over Arizona’s workplace safety program.

In a rare move, federal labor officials have threatened to take over Arizona, South Carolina and Utah’s workplace safety programs because they failed to adopt emergency COVID-19 rules to protect health care workers. Read more»

Danny Seiden.

The Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s board of directors selected Danny Seiden, an attorney and former aide to Gov. Doug Ducey, as its new chief on Thursday. Read more»

A 2016 ballot measure to legalize recreational marijuana narrowly failed, with just over 51% opposing it and nearly 49% voting in favor.

Majorities of Arizona voters say they support ballot measures that would legalize marijuana and tax the wealthy to increase funding for schools and raise teacher salaries, according to a new poll. Read more»

Workers are eligible for a payroll tax holiday to cope with the coronavirus pandemic but so many questions surround the the plan that few may wind up taking advantage.

President Donald Trump’s payroll tax holiday started Tuesday, but for analysts looking at the program, the holiday might as well involve a Secret Santa because no one really knows who is doing what. Read more»

The Invest in Education campaign placed 1,800 campaign signs in Wesley Bolin Plaza to represent the teacher shortage in the state, which has left roughly 1,800 classrooms without a permanent certified teacher.

The Arizona Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that voters in November will get the chance to decide whether to tax wealthy Arizonans to provide more funding to public schools, overturning a lower court that earlier tossed the Invest in Education Act after concluding that organizers crafted a misleading summary of the measure. Read more»

The Invest in Education campaign placed 1,800 campaign signs in Wesley Bolin Plaza to represent the teacher shortage in the state, which has left roughly 1,800 classrooms without a permanent certified teacher.

For the second time in as many election cycles, a judge has barred from the ballot a citizen initiative that seeks to increase funding for K-12 education by hiking income taxes for higher earning Arizonans, ruling that the campaign omitted critical information from a brief description on the petitions they circulated. Read more»

A new study says that interstate highway in Arizona are in relatively good shape compared to the rest of the nation, but the state had the highest fatality rate among states in 2018. State officials say risky driver behaviors are likely to blame.

Arizona’s interstate highways are in generally good shape, but they experienced the highest rate of fatalities in the nation in 2018, according to a national report released Tuesday. Read more» 1

The mosaic tile version of the Arizona state seal in the floor of the Capitol building.

For the second time this month, the Senate has adjourned the 2020 legislative session. This time, it may stick. Read more»

The bill extending Arizona’s statute of limitations for victims of child sex abuse drew support from all over the country, including former speed skater Bridie Farrell (in blue), who was a victim of sexual assault at age 15.

Arizona’s $11.8 billion budget for fiscal 2020 — which was passed late Monday only after Republican lawmakers demanded changes to child sex-abuse laws — includes money for schools, infrastructure and health care. But other measures, including one that would have funded pregnancy crisis centers, were left out. Read more»

The Grand Canyon Institute, a centrist Phoenix think tank, said the minimum-wage increase proposed in Prop. 206 could result in from zero to 26,000 lost jobs by 2020. Arizona is adding about 15,000 jobs each quarter, which would more than make up the difference, economic analysts said. Read more» 1

This photo atop Diane Douglas’ campaign Facebook page shares her disdain for the Common Core State Standards for education.

If her current lead holds, Arizona will elect as superintendent of public instruction a Tea Party Republican who has made eliminating the state’s version of the Common Core central to her campaign. Diane Douglas’ stance on the standards has aroused concerns among education advocates and contributed to the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s decision to endorse Democrat David Garcia. Read more» 1

Demonstrators make their feelings known to lawmakers in Phoenix on Monday.

With business leaders calling on Gov. Jan Brewer to veto religious-freedom legislation that opponents say would sanction discrimination against gays, Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton said Monday that fallout from SB 1070 may serve as a guide. Stanton said SB 1062, narrowly approved last week by the Legislature, sends the wrong message to the country and world. Read more»

People moving in to the state accounted for almost half of the more than 230,000 new residents in Arizona from 2010 to 2013, the Census Bureau said. But one economist said that is actually lower than typical for the state.

Arizona gained more than 230,000 residents in the past three years, again making it one of the faster-growing states in the nation, according to new Census Bureau estimates. Read more»

Interviews with U.S. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, Arizona Chamber of Commerce CEO Glenn Hamer, Tucson Hispanic Chamber Of Commerce President Lea Marquez Peterson, Vail School District Superintendent Calvin Baker, and Washington D.C. commentator Jimmy Zuma. Read more»

Bankruptcy attorney Jesse R. Callahan, Middle East expert Prof. Stephen Zunes, documentary filmmaker Daniel Buckley, and Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry head Glenn Hamer Read more»

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