Governor Jan Brewer has vetoed a bill pushed by the Center for Arizona Policy that would have created new property-tax exemptions for religious groups.Legislative budget analysts predicted the bill could have cost the state an additional $2.1 million starting in 2016.
The National Parks Service estimates that communities near Arizona's national parks lost out on about $27 million in visitor spending when the federal government entered a shutdown in October.The NPS report estimates that $17 million of that lost visitor spending in Arizona was due to the closure of ... More >>
It turns out that a partial shutdown of the federal government has consequences.Arizona State University's W. P. Carey School of Business released its monthly report on the Phoenix-area housing market, and things weren't so hot last month.
Republican Congressman Paul Gosar and some of his colleagues have been investigating why federal parks were closed during the federal government shutdown.Perhaps someone should send a calculator to Gosar's office to help him put two and two together.
The State of Arizona will be footing the bill for the Grand Canyon to stay open through October 27.The state's paying $93,000 a day to the National Park Service to keep the park open, and the governor's office says the state will get a refund if the federal government shutdown were to end.
Since the first day of the government shutdown on October 1, 15 days ago, the Food and Drug Administration has said that it would have to stop most of its routine food inspections. But now the agency has confirmed that all inspections will be stopped besides those "facilities that it has cause to be ... More >>
A public health alert was issued Monday for raw chicken packaged at three Foster Farms facilities in California. Since March, some 278 people have gotten sick from salmonella Heidelberg infection, mainly in California, though the illness has reached a total of 18 states so far. Though the USDA was ... More >>
In case you're just tuning in to reality today, the federal government's closed.Well, kind of -- things like military paychecks, Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid payments are still expected to be doled out. Border Patrol's still operating, so is the Postal Service, and if you're accused of a ... More >>
Online retailer Amazon will no longer be Arizona's duty-free store.Amazon noted in its latest FEC filing that it's going to start collecting Arizona sales tax on purchases in the state, which currently stands at 6.6 percent.
Congressman Jeff Flake, who is running for U.S. Senate against former U.S. Surgeon General Rich Carmona, says he doesn't like earmarks, which some call "pork barrel spending." He certainly has earned a reputation for fighting against federal funding for specific projects attached to unrelated bil ... More >>
The libertarian Cato Institute has not been taking it easy on Arizona -- it has consistently said the state's immigration laws are no good for the economy, and now it's giving Governor Jan Brewer a "D" in fiscal policy.The idea behind the grade is simple: "governors who have cut taxes and spending t ... More >>
On Wednesday, we told you about U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy asking Attorney General Eric Holder asking if Maricopa County could be on the hook for repaying up to $25 million in federal taxpayer coin, thanks to the Justice Department's civil-rights case against Sheriff Joe Arpaio.Turns out, alleged ci ... More >>
Former Councilman Greg Stanton, who is facing Wes Gullett in the November election for Phoenix mayor, is calling out his opponent for pledging to voters that he would champion a tax increase to support the arts.Stanton calls himself a "strong and passionate" supporter of the arts, but says ... More >>
Paying taxes is your duty. Scarfing down free burgers is your right.That much antipated -- and much dreaded -- day has come again. No, not this year's American Idol finale. We're talking about April 15, aka Tax Day: the day that dictates whether you'll be enjoying a fancy dinner ... More >>
The Goldwater Institute released a new study today that argues property tax exemptions for large, metropolitan development projects are forcing cities to raise taxes on citizens to compensate for lost revenue.According to the report, the city of Phoenix has about $2 billion worth of property that ... More >>
We didn't exactly need a think tank to tell us how bad things have gotten here in Arizona, but what the heck -- if one wants to quantify our state's woe, who are we not immerse ourselves in the sad details?This week's bad news comes from this month's Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government' ... More >>
What a scammer! Timothy Keay Isaac, 47, pleaded guilty today in federal court to a slew of charges related to his illicit company, which brought into the country a Chinese Viagra-like drug without prescriptions. But this is the part that bugs us: In 2006, Isaac applied for disability benefits from ... More >>
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer asked Vice President Joe Biden for an advance on federal stimulus money in a conference call this morning with other governors. Brewer told a "gracious" Biden that $350 million in federally funded transportation projects will "absolutely" move forward. However, the l ... More >>
Hundreds of people are expected to show up on the State Capitol lawn on April 15 to protest taxation, including Republican Congressman John Shadegg (at left), say organizers of the "Tax Day Tea Party." The shin-dig, which takes place from 5:30-7 p.m., is being led by American f ... More >>
Why should we approve this bond election when Phoenix City Hall has lied to us big-time in the past?
Napolitano deftly played politics this legislative session to fend off all GOP foes
Why is the state budget in crisis? Ask your legislators.
The University of Arizona's push to become one of the nation's great research institutions has paid off -- but at what cost to the state, faculty and students?
Deep cuts proposed to state budget set up bleak future for Arizonans
Consumers clamor for big state bucks under alternative-fuel incentive program
Bank One Ballpark was touted as a powerful economic engine for downtown. Data show, however, that BOB has fueled sales mostly for BOB. The meager spillover doesn't bode well for the Arizona Cardinals' stadium aspirations.
The taxpayers would get soaked and the Arizona Cardinals would get fat at Rio Salado Crossing
Discord between GOP lawmakers and the governor is just one reason the budget battle might get ugly.
Ten years of greasing the wheels for a real estate big shot make Tony West a spooky choice for voters
The state's unabashed enthusiasm for charter schools stops at the borders of Indian reservations
Symington's tax cuts had little or nothing to do with Arizona's economic boom, which isn't as robust as it's made out to be
An acclaimed Tucson drug-treatment program went suddenly, mysteriouly bankrupt. Administrators blame the board of directors. But others are questioning the administrators and their history at the notorious drug-treatment empire known as Synanon.
Some nonprofits get propertytax bills from Maricopa County
Sheriff Arpaio used jail-enhancement funds to pay for a lawsuit and videos of hisTV appearances
Governor Symington says his massive tax cuts have brought prosperity to Arizona. Actually, they are bringing on a fiscal train wreck that could damage the state for decades.
The Symington administration touts market-based reform as a cure for Arizona's educational ills. Behind that rhetoric, state policies are driving public schools toward financial collapse.
Legal aid to farmworkers and Indians slashed as Congress seeks end to mass lawsuits
SECURITIES OFFICIALS INVESTIGATING WHETHER COUNTY HID DEBT AND DECEIVED INVESTORS
NOBODY WANTED TO HEAR HOW THE RUN-DOWN ART COLONY WAS VALUED AT $10.5 MILLION