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The want of money: Tanque Verde, Catalina Foothills school districts to discuss bonds, overrides

The Tanque Verde and Catalina school district governing boards will vote on a pair of November ballot questions aiming to raise more money.... Read more»

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Early ballot envelopes look a little different for current Arizona elections

When Arizona voters receive mailed ballots for people who don’t live at their address, they can now check a box on the envelope to inform election officials. ... Read more»

How the Federal Reserve is increasing wealth inequality

The Fed’s low-interest-rate policies have stabilized the economy and turbocharged the stock market but those policies have accelerated the decades-long increase in economic inequality by helping increase the wealth of people at the top far more than it has increased the wealth of working-class Americans.... Read more»

'Insane' immigration bonds: Spiraling costs, Trump policies strain migrant families

As crowded immigration courts and detention centers hit records, officials seek skyrocketing payments to release migrants, or flat refuse relief. A Tucson woman faced a bond of $43,500 — last decade, such bonds cost about $50. ... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

A privilege to tax: RTA law clears way for new sales taxes

Someday soon, Arizona is going to have to have a talk with itself about how much sales tax is too much, and if a new revenue balance is worth pursuing.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Huckelberry: Road repair funding must be equitable solution for taxpayers

"A vocal faction want two-thirds of county taxpayers to pay to fix the roads of one-third of county taxpayers, while providing fewer county services to everyone." — Chuck Huckelberry... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Mayor needs more power in new City Charter

Responsibility multiplied by authority creates accountability. Tucson's mayor now has just perceived accountability and the City Charter should make it real.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Charter proposal to pay bonds with sales tax could lead to trouble

The Charter Review Committee chose a compromise to send to the Council: Allowing sales taxes for bonds but no additional sales tax capacity. Bond money needs an unobstructed path to investors — tying that money to the general fund could spell trouble either for city services or Tucson's credit. ... Read more»

Buckmaster Show

Buckmaster: Pima County bond priorities

The Friday Focus interview was with Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry. Then, the Reporters' Roundtable featured Mark B. Evans and Dan Shearer. Plus, Weekend Watch with host Matt Russell.... Read more»

Buckmaster Show

Buckmaster: Will Pima County voters say 'yes' to bonds?

The Friday Focus spotlighted Pima County Supervisor Ray Carroll (R-District 4). Then, the Reporters' Roundtable featured Sarah Garrecht Gassen, editorial writer and columnist for the Arizona Daily Star, and Dan Shearer, editor of the Green Valley News and Sahuarita Sun. Plus, Weekend Watch with Matt Russell.... Read more»

John C. Scott

J.C. Scott: Pima County bond survey deadline extended

Vail School District Superintendent Calvin Baker; President of the Tucson Hispanic Chamber Lea Marquez Peterson; Nicole Fyffe, assistant to Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry; Pima Animal Care Committee Chairman Jack Nueman, Republican representative on the Pima County Election Integrity Commission Benny White.... Read more»

John C. Scott

J.C. Scott: Does Tucson support Davis-Monthan?

Ward 3 Tucson City Council candidate Ben Buehler Garcia, Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry, Tucson Transportation Director Daryl Cole, and TucsonSentinel.com's Dylan Smith.... Read more»

John C. Scott

J.C. Scott: Unlicensed contractors face increased enforcement

Jim Kuliesh of the Alliance of Construction Trades, Pima County Recorder F. Ann Rodriguez, Middle East expert Prof. Stephen Zunes, developer Richard Studwell, and attorney Kory Langhoffer... Read more»

Buckmaster Show

Buckmaster: Where do you want your bond money spent?

An interview with Pima County Supervisor Sharon Bronson (D-District 3). Also, our monthly Blogger Beat segment with David Safier of BlogForArizona.com.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Appeals court says gov't must respect voters

Governments can't induce voters to approve a bond measure for one purpose only to spend the money on another, unapproved purpose. "To hold otherwise," declared the court, "makes this constitutional guarantee illusory."... Read more»

Mesa mayor says lifting bonds’ tax-exempt status could hurt cities

While much of Washington is focused on the impact of Friday’s “sequestration” cuts, Mesa Mayor Scott Smith is worried that a proposed solution to that problem could end up seriously hurting cities.... Read more»

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