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Children get hands-on with instruments at the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix, which gets funding from both the National Endowment for the Arts and the Arizona Commission on the Arts, officials said.

The Trump administration’s call to eliminate the NEA and NEH in next year’s budget would mean the loss of just over $1.5 million in federal funds for Arizona. While that number may appear small in a budget that’s in the trillions, arts advocates called it short-sighted — taxpayers “get a lot of bang for their buck with the small amount of funding they get from the NEA.” Read more»

The Joel D. Valdez Main Library in Downtown Tucson.

"Pima County can run its own fiscal affairs without being told how to do it by big daddy state government," said Tucson Democrat Bruce Wheeler, explaining his vote against a measure proceeding through the Legislature that Pima library staffers say would mean cutting staff and hours, and perhaps shuttering libraries. Read more»

Most Arizona seniors rely heavily on Social Security for their income, an AARP report found. Read more» 1

Tom Jenney, state director for the Arizona Chapter for Americans for Prosperity, which is backing Proposition 113, said a union push to eliminate secret ballots could put a financial strain on small businesses.

The fate of a ballot measure that would require secret ballots to form unions may hinge on whether voters think unions or employers are bigger bullies to workers. Read more»