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Before the governor announced her spending priorities for the year, Republican lawmakers said they would only negotiate with her on state spending after their continuation budget was signed into law.

Arizona Republicans want to change the state’s constitution to end the possibility of a government shutdown, a move that critics say would take away any consequences from GOP lawmakers for failing to work with a Democratic governor. Read more»

Tajiri Freedom, the principal of New Gains Academy, marches around the Arizona State Capitol building in support of the Empowerment Scholarship Account Program in Phoenix. on Wednesday, March 1, 2023.

Parents, children and educators on Wednesday marched to the state Capitol to support an education voucher program that Gov. Katie Hobbs has said she wants to dismantle. Read more»

Test scores across the region show post-COVID improvement in English Language Arts.

Remember that drop in student test scores during the pandemic that would no doubt take us eons to recover from, leaving an entire generation academically wrecked? It's just taken a year to start getting back on track. Plus more in local government meetings this week. Read more»

"I’m incredibly excited for what the future holds and am honored to represent our community in Congress." — U.S. Rep. Juan Ciscomani Read more»

Gov. Katie Hobbs vetoes a Republican-backed “skinny budget” proposal on Feb. 16, 2023.

Gov. Katie Hobbs vetoed the Republican “skinny budget” spending package on Thursday, sharply rebuking GOP legislative leaders in the process. Read more»

The $2.5 trillion raise to the nation’s borrowing capacity that Democrats approved last year ran out last month, when the nation’s debt limit reached the $31.4 trillion limit.

Congress and the Biden administration have until sometime between July and September to raise or suspend the debt limit if lawmakers want to avoid a first-ever default, according to the Congressional Budget Office. Read more»

The Republican-led "skinny budget" passed its final hurdle Monday in the Arizona House of Representatives after a brief roadblock last week when a Republican unexpectedly stymied efforts by the GOP majority to pass a spending package that is doomed for Gov. Katie Hobbs' veto stamp. Read more»

Republican Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Horne urged lawmakers to lift the cap, warning that an already dire teacher shortage would be worsened if schools are forced to lay off staff towards the end of the year. 

Lawmakers on Wednesday waived a school spending limit that would have forced schools to cut $1.4 billion from their budgets next month, amid vehement resistance from some Republicans. Read more»

"El sueño americano no se trata solo de éxito financiero. Se trata de ser libre de alcanzar nuestra felicidad. Y es por eso que el sueño americano es un sueño en el que creo firmemente." — U.S. Rep. Juan Ciscomani Read more»

"Because the soul of this nation is strong, because the backbone of this nation is strong, because the people of this nation are strong, the State of the Union is strong. As I stand here tonight, I have never been more optimistic about the future of America. We just have to remember who we are." — President Joe Biden Read more»

Rep. Liz Harris, R-Chandler, at a Jan. 26, 2023, press conference.

The Republican-led effort to pass a "skinny budget" has hit a momentary roadblock in the Arizona House of Representatives, where a sole Republican's refusal to vote for the spending package doomed the budget. Read more»

U.S. Rep. Juan Ciscomani delivers his first remarks in the House of Representatives, honoring the late Rep. Jim Kolbe on Jan. 24.

U.S. Rep. Juan Ciscomani should cruise into 2024. However, the showdown over deficits and debt ceilings illustrates the Republican "reality problem" that will dog his future until he decides to do something about it. Read more»

All the budget bills passed out of the Senate along party lines with the support of the chamber’s 16 Republicans.

Arizona Senate Republicans passed a “skinny budget” Wednesday afternoon that merely extends much of the $18 billion budget passed last year for another 12 months, despite Gov. Katie Hobbs saying that she intends to veto it if it reaches her desk. Read more»

Discretionary spending funds the vast majority of federal departments and agencies annually, including the departments of Agriculture, Defense, Energy, Homeland Security and Veterans Affairs.

President Joe Biden and U.S. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy huddled behind closed doors at the White House on Wednesday in the first of what will likely be several conversations as the country approaches two fiscal cliffs this year amid divided government. Read more»

Forcing schools to slash 17% of their annual budgets at the end of the academic year amounts to cutting as much as 70% of planned expenses.

With less than a month to go before schools are forced to cut $1.4 billion from their budgets, Arizona lawmakers took the first step towards addressing the problem on Tuesday — although some made sure to say they had reservations about doing so. Read more»

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