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Arizona ESA school voucher expansion advances, but likely to hit GOP roadblocks in House

An ambitious expansion of Arizona’s voucher-style program for K-12 schools passed its first test in the state Senate — but it’s likely destined for defeat in the House of Representatives, where a trio of Republican lawmakers have serious concerns. ... Read more»

Maricopa GOP resolution targets Republican lawmakers over school voucher vote

Members of the Maricopa County Republican Party are moving to censure three GOP lawmakers for their vote against a massive expansion of Arizona’s voucher-style program for K-12 education.... Read more»

Arizona Legislature wraps up 171-day session, the 3rd-longest on record

Arizona lawmakers on Wednesday ended the third-longest legislative session in state history after approving the final components of a state spending plan for the fiscal year that begins Thursday and taking final votes on several other outstanding measures. ... Read more»

Az House finalizes budget, tax cuts, but kills school voucher expansion

The Arizona House of Representatives wrapped up work Friday on a $12.8 billion budget that dramatically overhauls the state’s income tax code, shields some wealthy Arizonans from paying a voter-approved tax to boost teacher pay and mandates new civics curriculum in public schools while rejecting expansion of the school voucher program.... Read more»

Az GOP lawmakers pass sweeping tax cuts after limiting debate

The Arizona House of Representatives passed large swaths of the state budget package Thursday, including a sweeping tax plan, a prohibition on COVID-19 vaccination requirements in public universities and rules for printing ballots with watermarks and holographic foil as "anti-fraud measures." .... Read more»

Arizona education advocates oppose expansion of private school vouchers

Public education advocates gathered at the Arizona Capitol to protest a proposed voucher expansion that they say would further defund public schools. Arizona voters rejected similar legislation two years ago.... Read more»

Monday musings: Analysis

Ducey for president – but in D.C. or Tempe?

An often-asked political question by State Capitol observers these days: what will Gov. Doug Ducey do when his current, final term in office is over? What's his next dream job?... Read more»

Voters reject Prop. 305 school voucher measure

Proposition 305, which would have vastly expanded a program that allows parents and guardians to use tax dollars to pay for private school tuition, was rejected by voters. The measure was failing by a 2-1 margin Tuesday night.... Read more»

Group hopes to stop school voucher expansion before it takes effect

When Arizona students return to school in August, a new law could make the state’s Empowerment Scholarship Accounts available to all 1.1 million of them. Unless a grassroots group of opponents has its way.... Read more»

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J.C. Scott: Medicaid expansion passes. What's next?

Arizona Capitol Times reporter Hank Stephenson, GOP state Rep. Ethan Orr, Democratic state Sen. Linda Lopez, former state Sen. Frank Antenori, plus Tucson Padres GM Mike Feder, and AEA President Andrew Morrill.... Read more»