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Pima County’s $1.18 billion tentative budget: 6 percent smaller than last year, but increases tax rate to address criminal justice was recently approved.
As the federal government's shutdown entered its 11th day on Friday, hopes of a resolution to that and the nearing deadline to raise the nation's debt limit spiked amid talks between Republicans and President Barack Obama.
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Due to the shutdown of the federal government caused by the lapse in appropriations, the National Park Service (NPS) has closed all 401 national parks, including Saguaro National Park. All visitor facilities including the Red Hills Visitor Center and the Rincon Mountain Visitor Center, campsites and roads (except for Picture Rocks Road, Sandario Road, and Kinney Road in the park’s Tucson Mountain District), are closed. The park will remain closed until the government reopens.
1. President Obama’s meeting with congressional leaders goes nowhere
1. Government shutdown furloughs 800,000 and closes national attractions
1. Government begins shutting down
(NBC): With Congress in a standoff and millions of Americans at risk, the final hours tick away Monday toward midnight in Washington — the first shutdown of the federal government in 17 years.
1. OBAMA CALLS FOR CALM AFTER ZIMMERMAN'S ACQUITTAL
1. U.S. AND CHINA TO HOLD TALKS ON HACKING
U.S. Rep. Ron Barber today issued the following statement on the impact of furloughs ordered by the Department of Defense.
1. PASSENGER PLANE ESCORTED BY FIGHTER JETS IN U.K. A Manchester-bound commercial flight from Pakistan was diverted by two British fighter jets near London after two passengers reportedly got in a loud argument with the crew. Despite initial reports that the incident might have been terror-related, officials later said that it was only a criminal offense. [The Guardian] ………………………………………………………………………………
Due to budget cuts required in March, the IRS will be closed for five days.
After hundreds of flights have been delayed each day, Congress passed a bill that would end furloughs for the Federal Aviation Administration air traffic controllers
Congress has approved a bill that will end furloughs that have delayed hundreds of flights daily for air traffic controllers.
U.S. Rep. Ron Barber this week is leading two events in which members of the House will discuss threatened cutbacks to the U.S. Border Patrol that could impact homeland security.
U.S. Rep. Ron Barber today introduced the Pay Cut for Congress Act that would cut his pay and that of all members of Congress by 20 percent.
U.S. Rep. Ron Barber today welcomed an announcement by U.S. Customs and Border Protection that it is re-evaluating plans to furlough Border Patrol agents and cut their overtime – proposals that Barber has strongly opposed.
U.S. Rep. Ron Barber today joined with a broad bipartisan majority in the House to pass legislation that will prevent a government shutdown at the end of this month.
As the deadline passed for the nation’s across-the-board budget cuts known as sequestration, the failure of Democrats and Republicans to strike a deal before March 1 now means $85 billion will be reduced from government programs and federal agencies over the next 10 months, the consequences of which could also be felt locally, though likely not immediately.
With the pending sequester, or mandatory budget cuts slated to go into effect on March 1 if Congress doesn't act, the White House went to the public Monday, announcing what the cuts would mean to each state, including Arizona.
According to the White House document, the sequester's impact to Arizona will include:
I know it is an off election year, and that there is not a lot of interest in what the Town is doing, but we better keep a close eye on this budget cycle.