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Serena Unrein, public interest advocate with the Arizona Public Interest Research Group, said other states do a better job than Arizona of sharing information about how economic development tax credits are used.

Despite increasing online access to government spending information in recent years, Arizona is letting other states move ahead of it in transparency, an advocacy group reported Tuesday. Read more»

Water flows to two of the nine cooling towers at Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station in this 2011 photo.

A year after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, operators of Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station said Friday that events in Japan prompted new initiatives to prepare for emergencies. Read more»

The federal government will start reviewing proposed health-insurance rate increases in Arizona next month, after determining that the state has an “ineffective” rate-review plan. Read more»

A statewide rail plan that would start by linking Tucson and Phoenix is a step toward giving Arizona residents a transportation option that would relieve traffic congestion and improve air quality, an interest group contends. Read more» 1

This U.S. Department of Transportation photo shows a high-speed rail system. An interest group is touting the merits of high-speed rail in Arizona.

A high-speed rail line between Phoenix and Tucson would create jobs and relieve traffic congestion, an interest group contends. The push comes as Arizona is considering a statewide rail plan that includes six possible high-speed routes between the two cities. Read more»

Diane Brown, director of the advocacy group Arizona PIRG, discusses a report giving Arizona an “F” when it comes to allowing citizens to review how state and local governments spend tax dollars. Arizona PIRG and the Goldwater Institute teamed up to urge state and local leaders to use online databases to make receipts and expenditures more transparent. Behind Smith are Sen. Russell Pearce, R-Mesa, and Rep. David Gowan, R-Sierra Vista.

Arizona gets an "F" when it comes to helping taxpayers see where and how their money is being spent, according to a report released Tuesday by an advocacy group. Read more»