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Cities and states find new ways to tax streaming services

More than half the states - including Arizona - and dozens of cities now levy taxes or fees on digital streaming services such as Netflix and Hulu, aiming to recoup the revenue they lose when people cut the cable cord. ... Read more»

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Guest opinion

Christy: A Tucson-free RTA, why not?

"I say, enough is enough. Let the city of Tucson walk, and good riddance. Now is the time to come up with a 'Plan B' for RTA Next." — Pima County Supervisor Steve Christy... Read more»1

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»

Tucson agenda

Pima County Supes to address cash bail changes, capital funding tax hike

The Pima County Board of Supervisors is off and running in 2022, tackling cash bail, tax increases and indigenous acknowledgment. Other governing bodies doing light public business are still ramping up after the holidays.... Read more»

Arizona cannabis sales top $1.2 billion in first 11 months of 2021

Arizona cannabis sales continued on an upward trajectory in 2021, with the Arizona Department of Revenue reporting more than $1.23 billion in combined cannabis sales through the first 11 months of the year.... Read more»

Ducey touts border security, water & tax plans in final State of the State speech

Gov. Doug Ducey vowed to use state resources to increase border security, spend a billion dollars to treat and transport water from the Sea of Cortez, expand school choice and continue lowering taxes as he laid out a wide-ranging agenda for his last year in office. ... Read more»

Ducey says education, water, border security will be top priorities for legislative session

Education, water and border security will be among the top agenda items Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey plans to highlight in his State of the State address on Monday, which will kick off his eighth and final legislative session. ... Read more»

The cruel failure of welfare reform in the Southwest

In the 25 years since President Bill Clinton took Ronald Reagan's notions to their apotheosis in his 1996 welfare reform law - which Clinton said would “end welfare as we know it” - federal welfare funding, frozen by law at 1996 levels, has been decimated.... Read more»

A mother needed welfare. Instead, Arizona used assistance funds to take her son.

Each year, Arizona redirects upward of $30 million of its welfare funding to the Department of Child Safety - over $8 million more than the state spends on welfare itself - who then investigate the same low-income families who could have benefited from cash assistance.... Read more»

Utah makes welfare so hard to get, some feel they must join the LDS Church to get aid

Utah has been counting millions in LDS Church welfare work every year as part of the state’s welfare budget, as a way of meeting the minimum level of effort the state is required to put into addressing poverty so it can collect on federal dollars and increasing church membership.... Read more»

Guest opinion

I came here legally when I was 2. Immigration backlogs are keeping me from the American dream

About five million people are stuck in a decades-long line to become permanent residents, and more than 100,000 of their children, known as “Documented Dreamers,” are estimated to lose their status here over the next two decades.... Read more»

Comic:

Claytoonz: The poverty of Joe Manchin

Joe Manchin voted against Trump’s tax cuts for the rich but he’s now defending them. I bet West Virginia has more poverty babies than trust-fund babies.... Read more»

Comic:

Claytoonz: Musk you mansplain?

Kids, class is in session. Today, I’m going to educate you on the use of a specific slur. Now, not all of you need to be schooled on this but there are quite a few of you who are ignorant, so you’re the ones I’m really talking to. The pandemic has been ripe for Karens.... Read more»

First phase ending for child tax credit, a 'game changer' for Arizona families

Arizona families may have seen the last – for now – payment under an expanded child tax credit program, passed earlier this year as part of the pandemic-relief American Rescue Plan, that advocates say has been a “game changer” for low-income families in the state. ... Read more»

Guest opinion

Build Back Better Act will spell relief from heat and drought

It is crystal clear that Congress needs to take action to address climate change, and that we have no time to waste. ... Read more»

The Tucson agenda

Gimme debt: Sahuarita (& other local gov'ts) should act fast on new bonds

The Tucson agenda: Get your geek on: Inflation is higher than bond yields so it's time to swan dive into debt.... Read more»

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