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Arizona teachers union calls for $1.7 billion in new school funding

With legislators still undecided on how to spend the record $5.3 billion dollar budget surplus, the Arizona Education Association, the state’s largest teacher’s union, is demanding massive increases in education funding.... Read more»

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Guest opinion

Film Tucson: Lack of Arizona film incentives has 'Duster' making tracks out of town

We landed the pilot episode of "Duster" thanks to our ability to connect the producers with affordable hotels, cinematic locations, and our hard-working local crew base. But due to our lack of state film incentives, we're unsure if the rest of the show will come to Tucson.... Read more»

Arizona House GOP 'skinny' budget proposal shot down in committee

A $13 billion dollar budget, sold by Republican lawmakers as a continuation of last year’s budget while the legislature debates how to spend its current $5.3 billion dollar surplus, was promptly shot down in its first House Appropriations hearing.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Runaway torpedo: Who will be hit by Arizona's new 'citizen voter' law remains unknown

There's no consensus about who or how many will be affected by Arizona's new "proof-of-citizenship" voting law — which is exactly how we want the state to target its power, right? (dripping sarcasm). ... Read more»

Ukrainian official details horrors of Russian invasion, asks Arizona lawmakers for help

Six weeks after Russia launched its invasion of Ukraine, the consul general of Ukraine in San Francisco urged Arizona lawmakers on Thursday to provide greater assistance to Ukraine and its people during a special joint session of the Legislature. ... Read more»

Arizona budget surplus grows to $5.3 billion

The combination of state tax collections that continue to exceed expectations and a recent court ruling striking down a voter-approved tax increase to spend more money on public schools means that Arizona lawmakers will have almost $5.3 billion in surplus revenue in the upcoming budget.... Read more»

Every candidate on an Arizona primary election ballot in 2022

The deadline for candidates to qualify for the 2022 Arizona ballot was April 4, and a total of 292 candidates filed enough signatures from voters to earn a chance to win over voters in the Aug. 2 primary election - here's the list.... Read more»

Arizona’s legislative salary commission hasn’t met since 2014, doesn’t even have members

The Commission on Salaries for Elective State Officers - tasked with proposing salary increases for statewide elected officials, members of the judiciary and lawmakers - hasn't held a meeting since 2014, and doesn’t even have enough members for a quorum. ... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Time of the season for hatred: Transgender kids are in Arizona's legislative crosshairs

Gov. Doug Ducey, apparently needing to keep his fortunes alive in what is increasingly a rage-a-holic Republican Party, signed two bills that basically tell transgender kids "you are freaks and we don't like you."... Read more»

Ducey signs Az abortion ban, outlaws procedure after 15 weeks — even for those who were raped

With the stroke of a pen Wednesday, Gov. Doug Ducey made it illegal for Arizona women to seek an abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy — even if they became pregnant because they were raped. ... Read more»

Arizona House approves 15-week abortion ban, Gov. Ducey will have final say

A ban on abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy - with the only exception for medical emergencies in which the mother is at risk of death or severe bodily harm - was approved by a Republican majority in the Arizona House, and is on its way to Gov. Ducey’s desk. ... Read more»

Arizona judge tosses law that would have ended precinct committee elections

A Yavapai County judge struck down a controversial law eliminating elections this year political party activists known as precinct committeemen, an issue that many voted for without realizing it and which riled up the Republican base. ... Read more»

Contentious fringe legal theory could reshape state election laws

The U.S. Supreme Court left open the possibility it could endorse a fringe conservative legal theory which asserts state courts do not have jurisdiction over election policy, which would give state legislatures unchecked powers over election rules before the 2024 presidential election.... Read more»

The Tucson agenda

Tucson mulls affordable housing & pot-license incentives, Sunnyside students go walkabout

The Tucson City Council will vote on whether to waive impact fees to coax more affordabie housing as home inventory plummets, after they mull social equity incentives for marijuana businesses.... Read more»

Arizona Democrats, Republicans view precinct committeemen in very different lights

Once people realized an Arizona bill the legislature unanimously approved eliminated elections for precinct committeemen, activists began hounding Republican lawmakers to reverse course - on the other side of the aisle, Democratic lawmakers say they’ve heard few, if any, complaints.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Shortchanged: Arizona schools to suffer, blame goes around as court kills K-12 funding

A new court ruling means Arizona remains where it's always been — choosing to remain at the bottom of the national ladder in school funding. The untenable remains permanent, and everyone is to blame.... Read more»

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