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Special Arizona legislative session expected for plan to 'repeal-and-accelerate' tax cut package

Lawmakers are preparing for a possible special session to make changes to last year’s historic income tax cut package in a way that would avert a statewide vote on it in November, and to try to reverse a recent law that temporarily eliminates elections elections for political party activists.... Read more»

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Ducey's budget would spend $14.25 billion next year

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey’s final budget calls for $14.25 billion in spending for the 2023 fiscal year that includes nearly $1.4 billion in new spending, the bulk of which will be spending on K-12 education, water infrastructure, beefing up the state’s rainy day fund and expanding I-10. ... Read more»

Arizona Gov. Ducey will return to in-person State of the State as COVID cases rise

Gov. Doug Ducey won’t repeat last year’s virtual State of the State despite rising COVID-19 numbers and will instead give his final address in-person at the Arizona House of Representatives. ... Read more»

Arizona expects 1,600 Afghan evacuees to arrive through March

The federal government has notified Arizona that it should expect 1,610 Afghan evacuees to arrive through the end of March, according to the state Department of Economic Security. ... Read more»

Game on: Judge refuses to block new Arizona sports betting law

As legalized sports gambling is set to begin Thursday in Arizona, a Maricopa County Superior Court judge ruled Monday against a last-minute Yavapai-Prescott Tribe request to block the law - a lawsuit similar to the one Turf Paradise race track filed that was set aside last week.... Read more»

Biden administration snubs Ducey in Western wildfire meeting

Gov. Doug Ducey was one of just three Western governors that the White House didn’t invite to a meeting on wildfires that the Biden administration convened, despite the particularly nasty fire season that Arizona is currently facing.... Read more»

Ducey terminating federal unemployment benefits for Arizonans

Arizona Gov. Ducey and nearly half of other state governors have acted to prematurely end the increased unemployment benefits that President Biden promised would be in place until Sept. 4, blaming the pandemic-related uptick in unemployment payments for the struggle employers are facing to hire workers.... Read more»

Single GOP lawmaker joins Dems in defeating Ducey's flat tax in Az Legislature

Arizona Republicans’ latest effort to force through a budget fell short again as GOP Rep. David Cook continued his opposition over a massive income-tax cut, voting with his Democratic colleagues to sink the plan.... Read more»

Proposed major events fund in Arizona budget would help cover Super Bowl costs

The proposed state budget includes $30 million for a new fund that would help attract major events in Arizona, and an as-yet undetermined chunk of that cash will help cover the costs for the state to host the mother of all major events: the Super Bowl.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Hide or die: Ducey won't face the public as coronavirus eats up Arizona

I can’t help but think Doug Ducey's vanishing act — as coronavirus rages — is yet another example of how Arizona has again been T-boned by the crazy in the Grand Old Party.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Take it from a guy who's been there: We don't know anything about Orlando yet

The Orlando shootings bring back Tucson memories and the most uncomfortable truth of all: We think we know things, but we don't. Omar Mateen, a native New Yorker, appears to have massacred 50 people in an Orlando nightclub. This is the news today. Tomorrow? Who knows? We don't even know what we don't know we should ask about.... Read more»

McSally staffers to hold constituent service hours throughout CD 2

Staffers for U.S. Rep. Martha McSally will hold office hours throughout CD 2 during August and September, with stops planned for Bisbee, Douglas, Tombstone, Benson, Sahuarita, and Green Valley. Staffers will be available to assist with issues ranging from veterans and immigration to Social Security and Medicare.... Read more»6

PCC taps new spokeswoman: Libby Howell

Pima Community College has picked Elizabeth "Libby" Howell, longtime spokeswoman for Southwest Gas, to fill the post left vacant when C.J. Karamargin left the school to become district director for U.S. Rep. Martha McSally. ... Read more»

McSally hiring former Giffords spokesman to head Tucson office

Confirming rumors swirling among Tucson's political class, a former aide to Gabby Giffords confirmed Friday evening that he will become director of U.S. Rep. Martha McSally's district office. C.J. Karamargin, who was a spokesman for Giffords before taking a post with Pima College, said in an email he'll go to work for the freshman Republican later this month.... Read more»5

PCC holding public forum with Governing Board candidates Tuesday

The two candidates for the District 1 seat on the Pima Community College Governing Board will meet with the public Tuesday in an evening forum.... Read more»

Pima extends Lambert's contract, bumps pay and vacation

The chancellor of Pima Community College, Lee Lambert, got a stamp of approval from the school's Governing Board on Wednesday. His contract was extended for one year, and his salary increased by $8,700 — a three percent raise. Lambert's vacation time was also increased, by more than a week.... Read more»1

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