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A year later, Arizona city officials call American Rescue Plan aid a lifesaver

President Joe Biden came to the National League of Cities conference this week to tout the success of the American Rescue Plan, which besides tax credits, rental assistance and expanded jobless benefits, directed just over $1 billion to 24 Arizona cities.... Read more»

Arizona mayors say immigration reform needed, but politics likely to prevent it

Tucson Mayor Regina Romero and Mesa Mayor John Giles took part in an immigration forum Wednesday and agreed that immigration reform is badly needed to address the current border situation, but they are not confident it can get done in the current fractured political climate. ... Read more»

'The ultimate umpire': Former Arizona Attorney General Grant Woods remembered

Former Arizona Attorney General Grant Woods was remembered Monday as an “incredibly active public servant” whose sudden death over the weekend had the potential to deal “a pretty big blow” to moderates in the state. ... Read more»

Mesa mayor joins state, local officials to kick off homelessness initiative

Mesa Mayor John Giles was one of a number of leaders from around the country who joined HUD Secretary Marcia Fudge to kick off House America, a new plan that will focus on creating more affordable housing and finding permanent housing for those experiencing homelessness.... Read more»

Arizona mayors call for ‘continued and increased’ housing, transit funds

Government officials testified before the Senate committee on infrastructure needs, calling for “continued and increased” federal funding for affordable housing and public transit as Congress and the White House are wrangling over the Biden administration’s $2 trillion spending plan.... Read more»

Trump pardons former Rep. Rick Renzi for fraud, extortion convictions

In one of his last acts as president, Donald Trump on Wednesday pardoned two Arizonans, including former Rep. Rick Renzi who was convicted in 2013 of extortion, racketeering and other charges while representing the 1st District in Congress.... Read more»

Supreme Court to decide if 2020 Census can ask about citizenship

The Supreme Court agreed Friday to fast-track a case challenging whether the Census Bureau can ask people their citizenship status, a move that advocates and local government officials fear will suppress immigrant participation.... Read more»

Mesa mayor, others blast plan to ask citizenship status on 2020 Census

Mayors worry that asking about citizenship on the upcoming census will have a chilling affect on responses but anti-immigrant groups disagree. ... Read more»

Mesa program offers struggling veterans an alternative to the streets

Soon after returning home from the Vietnam War, Marine Corps veteran Larry Hutchison said he found himself homeless in this Phoenix suburb. "I spent 30 years on the streets with drugs and alcohol trying to get rid of bad memories that I had," he said.... Read more»

Experts: Treat heroin as a health problem, not crime

Treating the heroin epidemic as not only a law enforcement issue, but also a community health issue – is the approach touted last week to mayors from across the country who were at the U.S. Conference of Mayors winter meeting in Washington.... Read more»