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Auditoría muestra que Patrulla Fronteriza se ve obstaculizada por tecnología obsoleta

La Oficina de Aduanas y Protección Fronteriza de EE. UU. se está quedando atrás en tecnología actualizada y el personal necesario para asegurar la frontera suroeste de 1,954 millas con México, a pesar de recibir $ 743 millones para tales actualizaciones desde 2017.... Read more»

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Federal aid propping up child care isn't a long-term fix

Federal COVID-19 relief dollars for child care providers will continue to flow this year, but advocates warn that the money won’t solve the industry’s fundamental, long-term challenge: how to provide quality services and pay workers a competitive wage while keeping prices affordable.... Read more»

Census recounts fail to account for COVID chaos, cities say

Starting this week, communities that think they were undercounted can file challenges with the U.S. Census Bureau - but the so-called Count Question Resolution process only allows cities to challenge mapping mistakes that mistakenly placed people outside of city limits.... Read more»

Audit: Border Patrol hampered by outdated technology, flawed evaluation of new equipment

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is lagging in updated technology and staff needed to secure the 1,954-mile Southwest border with Mexico, according to a February inspector general’s audit by the Department of Homeland Security. ... Read more»

$30M federal grant for new TIA runway, safety projects

A new runway at Tucson International Airport will be partly paid for with $31 million from the recent federal infrastructure package, along with other safety improvement.... Read more»

Rural leaders fear they’ll miss out on infrastructure money

The $1.2 trillion infrastructure law should provide a huge boost to rural communities struggling to maintain crumbling infrastructure in the face of diminishing resources, but rural leaders worry that they lack the staff and matching dollars to compete with bigger cities for their share.... Read more»

Why Moderna won’t share rights to COVID-19 vaccine with the government that paid for its development

A quiet monthslong legal fight between the U.S. National Institutes of Health and drugmaker Moderna over COVID-19 vaccine patents recently burst into public view, pointing to serious problems in the ways U.S. companies bring drugs and vaccines to market. ... Read more»

Arizona leaders’ decade of neglect imperiled fragile child care system. The pandemic nearly made it collapse.

A $1.2 billion infusion of federal funding has kept an already fragile Arizona child care sector from failing, giving state leaders a shot at reforming a broken system of their own making, and perhaps bringing hope for the stability that parents and providers have craved for years. ... Read more»

Federal funds needed to help end homelessness in Arizona, advocates say

Affordable housing is crucial to everyone because it provides stability and builds a sense of community, but Arizona needs federal funds to create all types of affordable housing, from emergency shelters to permanent supportive housing for people experiencing homelessness. ... Read more»

Small states cry foul on federal rental relief redistribution

States with small populations say a federal plan to take back unspent emergency rental aid and redistribute it elsewhere is unfair, potentially depriving them and their residents of millions of dollars to address broad affordable housing challenges.... Read more»

Biden administration opens civil rights probes of 5 GOP-led states banning school mask mandates

Federal education officials have launched civil rights investigations in five Republican-led states that have prohibited school districts from mandating mask-wearing.... Read more»

In rush to restore budget earmarks, Arizona lawmakers made modest asks

Congress restored earmarks this year, and more than 300 House members rushed in with $7.1 billion in special requests - but Arizona lawmakers were modest: No Republicans asked for earmarks and all five Democrats were in or near the bottom half of the amounts requested.... Read more»

House rejects extra funding to help tribal courts after McGirt ruling

The House this week rejected a proposal that would have added $154 million to the Bureau of Indian Affairs budget to help tribal courts cope with an influx of cases after a 2020 Supreme Court ruling that expanded tribal jurisdiction. ... Read more»

What’s in the $900B emergency relief bill — and what’s out

Congress passed a massive bipartisan emergency relief bill Monday night that's intended to aid Americans affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Summaries from House Democratic appropriators say it includes:... Read more»

Bipartisan congressional group rolls out new pandemic relief proposal

In a Tuesday press conference, lawmakers unveiled a four-month, $908 billion proposal that would fund transportation, the paycheck protection program to help businesses pay their employees, food assistance and coronavirus testing centers.... Read more»

Census: Not sure it can exclude migrants, but wants to be left to try

The Trump administration said it does not know how many immigrants might be excluded from the Census under a 2019 presidential order, but it still urged the Supreme Court on Monday to overturn lower courts that blocked the proposal.... Read more»

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