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Marana Mayor Ed Honea doesn’t care if the state balances its budget (Explorer Feb. 21). I (and a lot of others) do care that the state has a balanced budget, and not by me (or us) paying higher fees and taxes to the state that then get cycled back to Marana. Nor am I (or we) interested in paying higher costs for goods that result from higher business fees and taxes paid to the state cycling that money back to Marana.
We’ve had a few days to look over our new governor’s budget proposal. Since I think of myself as a fiscal conservative, I’m all for budget cuts, lower taxes and less government so in most ways I’m pleased with what I’ve read; however, there are a couple of things that seem completely backwards to me.
While most of the talk last week centered around the new governor’s State of the State address and then the $9.1 billion budget proposed on Friday, one thing that Gov. Doug Ducey caught my attention was the passage of the Arizona Civics Act.
While Marana and Oro Valley officials say they like the energy and the basics of Gov. Doug Ducey’s message, they worry the budget lacks new taxes and takes from education and local municipalities.
Here’s your first lesson in government for the year. No, we’re not going over the hundred questions on the new high school civics test. We’re taking a look at what we’ve learned about government and politics from our new Governor Doug Ducey. Spoiler alert: the lesson will not be uplifting. Our new Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas might even say it’s too cynical to be taught to elementary school children. But we can take it. We’re all adults here.
While last week I primarily looked back at the year, with plenty of changes in our state this week; it’s time to look ahead.
At a ceremony in Phoenix today, Doug Ducey was sworn into office as Arizona's 23rd governor.
The Foothills Forum will host a Legislative Mixer from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 17, for state Representatives Victoria Steele and Randy Friese as well as Senator Steve Farley of District 9, and state Representative Bruce Wheeler of District 10.
The change of the year is always a good time to take stock of the year past, and 2014 was a good year for Pima County.
So here’s a new revenue idea for Oro Valley… start a lottery to pick the date when the public realizes the real amount of taxes they have voted for.
Even though the number of homeless children in the state fell last year, Arizona still had one of the highest rates in the nation, with 62,616 such kids in 2013, a new report says.
I am a tax-and-spend liberal. I know I’m supposed to whisper that apologetically, and maybe add that I’m in a 12-step program to curb my dangerous taxation addiction, but I’m not about to apologize. Arizona is likely to take a steep slide into budget deficit territory soon. We’re expected to be a billion dollars in the red next fiscal year, and that doesn’t include the hundreds of millions the state is supposed to add to its school funding, by court order. So my saying we need to raise more revenue to meet our fiscal obligations isn’t some crazy, radical notion. It’s just plain common sense.
PHOENIX – Doug Ducey said Monday the budget will quickly become his top priority when he takes office as governor, including what to do about a lawsuit that’s left the state owing more than $300 million to schools.
Opponents of an Arizona law that denies bail to felony suspects who are in this country illegally urged the Supreme Court on Monday to let stand a lower court ruling that overturns the ban.
The people who brought medical marijuana to Arizona four years ago now want marijuana legal for everyone over the age of 21.
Arizona voters on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved Proposition 303, which aims to allow terminally ill patients to gain access to experimental drugs that have passed the first phase of FDA approval.
Arizona voters on Tuesday soundly rejected Proposition 304, which would have given Arizona lawmakers their first pay raise in 16 years.
When the Arizona Legislature last passed an increase in the state gas tax, President George H.W. Bush was celebrating the liberation of Kuwait in the Gulf War and “Terminator 2: Judgment Day” was the top-grossing film in the country.
It’s been interesting to check the mail over the last month. Instead of the regular junk mail and bills, we’ve seen a major influx of advertisements from candidates. It takes a couple of extra minutes each night to sift through the nonsense, and yes, it’s nonsense, before opening the bills and letters we actually check the mail for.
One of the reasons I became an Independent was to protest the paralyzing ideological impasse that characterizes both our state and national legislatures. That is why I find both Jo Holt and Holly Lyons so refreshing. They seem open to new ideas; they seem ready to enter constructive dialog with other legislators; and they seem focused on finding solutions that will help our state shine. They seem so, so, so Independent!
(NAPSI)—Many parents of school-age children are unhappy with the amount of time spent on standardized tests and have strong opinions on other controversial education policies, including Common Core and school vouchers.
Three candidates are running for the two seats available this fall on the Amphitheater Public Schools Governing Board.
Arizona saw the number of kids in its foster care system rise significantly from 2002-2012, a time when most other states were posting sharp drops in their foster care rolls, according to new federal data.
As threats to national and global security continue to increase, Raytheon Missile Systems president, Taylor Lawrence, said it’s important Southern Arizona’s largest employer continues to have the opportunity to grow.