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Prop 207 legalized marijuana in Arizona and called for social equity in licensing sales. Mayor Regina Romero isn't happy with how equity is playing out.

The Tucson City Council will vote on whether to waive impact fees to coax more affordabie housing as home inventory plummets, after they mull social equity incentives for marijuana businesses. Read more»

Arizona lawmakers are considering close to 100 election-related bills in the 2022 legislative session, including many that Democrats say attack the right to vote. But in a state where Republicans hold the governor’s office and majorities in both the House and Senate, stopping those bills is an uphill fight.

Turning the Arizona Auditor General’s Office into an elections oversight unit will be a substantial undertaking that will require time and resources, and that means it won’t conduct election audits until after this year, a Senate committee was told Thursday. Read more»

UA's Tech Park

The University of Arizona failed to properly oversee a commercial real estate project and allowed millions of dollars to be improperly spent, and there is a general lack of transparency and oversight at university real estate projects overseen across the state by the Arizona Board of Regents, state auditors concluded. Read more»

Whatever was lost to the timing of the end of the teacher walkout will be irrelevant to the broader strategy. Arizona no longer ranks 49th in K-12 spending. With all the new money shoveled into K-12, the state ranks 48th. Read more»

Every March the Auditor General releases a report on K-12 classroom spending and every year the math-challenged press falls for the clickbait line “Arizona classroom spending near record lows.” The real story: the state doesn't provide enough money to pay teachers – the biggest driver of classroom expenses – then cuffs districts around for not spending enough in classrooms. Jerks. Read more» 1

It's nearly time for a February tradition, when auditors publish a report on Arizona school districts, and the press declares too much is spent on bloated "administration" that should instead go into classrooms. It's a festival of dyscalculia, celebrating journalists' ignorance of basic math under deadline pressure and politicos' skill at lying with statistics. Read more» 1

First, schools and now civilized society? A new study reports that Arizona will fall far short of what is necessary to maintain that which the Roman Empire managed to maintain for 500 years — highways. A new study says Arizona is $62.7 billion short of what is needed to maintain a basic transportation system throughout the state. Read more» 1

Files at the Arizona Radiation Regulatory Agency.

The state agency overseeing X-ray facilities is overdue on inspections for about half of them, creating a public health risk, the Arizona Auditor General’s Office reports. Read more»

Under state law, English-language learners must a year of immersion in English classes, but state officials have expanded that to include any ELL student for as long as they’re in the program.

Vince Yanez understands what the Arizona Board of Education could be getting in to this year when it begins a “systematic review” of the state’s English Language Learner program, Structured English Immersion, a state-mandated program that puts non-English-speaking students into English class for four hours a day. Read more»

Tonto Natural Bridge State Park near Payson is one of 30 parks in that Arizona State Parks system.

Arizona State Parks has hired a consultant to explore whether a single concessionaire for all 30 state parks would save money, offsetting several years of deep budget reductions. Read more»