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Having a state website dedicated to spending transparency is a good thing, but not enough people pay attention to it, and government officials have too many ways around it, an open-government advocate said Wednesday.
Organizers of the El Conquistador referendum effort are taking their case to the Arizona Supreme Court.
Around 885,000 Arizonans owe more than $22.6 billion in federal student loans – numbers that students and experts fear will only get worse under a 13 percent university funding cut in the just-approved state budget.
Representatives of various nonprofits have come to board of supervisor meetings for the past several weeks to speak in support of a $653 million bond package that will be submitted to the board for a vote in early April. At issue is whether an election will be held in the fall of 2015. While the bond package contains some valuable projects for our region it should be noted many of these projects are simply nice additions versus necessities. The question is whether the taxpayers of Pima County wish to incur more debt for these projects versus focusing on the most critical need facing our community-our failing roads.
With the current Legislative session nearing an end, the Marana Town council heard an update from Ryan Harper and Lauren King, the town’s lobbyist with the state legislature, Triadvocates.
The state legislature’s approval of Arizona’s $9.1 billion budget earlier this month has done little to settle the ongoing debate over deep cuts made to the state’s public education system, which reduces state spending for higher education by approximately $99 million.
(BPT) - Although tax laws change every year, you can count on certain things to be timeless. That includes the same common mistakes taxpayers with simple and complex returns make every year. Knowing what those common errors are will help keep you in the clear.
I read with interest Donna Winetrobe’s (March 18) letter about Signing the Petition. In her letter Ms. Winetrobe states “I wonder if any of the recall petition pushers have sat down with the mayor or the three council members in favor of the El Conquistador purchase to talk to them, have a conversation, get the facts and express opinions and concerns?”
Rep. Mark Finchem was quoted in the Daily Star that he was against the Common Core Standards, even going so far as crafting legislation. When asked by State Sen. David Bradley whether he has read the common Core standards. His remark was “he has read some of the standards,” Reading some of the standards, is not the same as studying the Standards. If he has no background in education, or perhaps a PhD in education, he is in no position to make these kinds of statements, or even sponsor legislation to abolish the Common Core. He sited his constituents are “absolutely outraged that this kind of program made it into our education system”. Well Rep. Finchem let me tell you what I’m outraged about.
Residents of Sun City Oro Valley will probably never use the Conquistidor club house, pool or golf course nor pay the $70 monthly fee. We have multiple club houses, golf course, pools, gym, tennis courts, etc.
With some fanfare, we had the ribbon cutting ceremony at Naranja Park last week. Yet, our town still lacks fields for youth team sports. little league, girls’ softball, soccer teams and more vie for valuable play and practice time. Often teams must leave town to find space. At the December 9th meeting, the Park & Recreation Advisory Board approved the Naranja Park Master Plan adding six additional multi-use fields – all lighted. A total of eight fields allow our youth to stay in Oro Valley. It also provides enough space to schedule Regional Tournaments – which brings the highly prized “out of town” dollar to the coffers.
(NAPSI)—Don’t look now, but the baby boomers are starting to retire. Between 8,000 and 10,000 of them will turn 65 each day for the next 15 years. As more and more Americans near this milestone age, important decisions about when to retire and when to sign up for Medicare benefits will be on the minds of millions of Americans.
(NAPSI)—While the process of planning for your retirement may seem daunting, National Retirement Planning Week® 2015—taking place from April 13–17—may be the opportunity you need to get back on track. Experts from the National Retirement Planning Coalition, which organizes the week, are urging Americans to use this time to develop, review and/or revise their retirement plans. By doing so, they say that Americans can still achieve their retirement goals. If you are not sure where to get started, below are five steps you can take to help you on your path toward a financially secure retirement.
(BPT) - American workers, ages 32 to 64, are $6.6 trillion short of the amount they need in order to retire comfortably, according to Retirement USA. When it comes to planning ahead and saving money early, time is of the essence. However, 63 percent of American workers have less than $1,000 saved for retirement, and only 44 percent of workers have even tried to calculate a retirement plan, according to the Employee Benefit Research Institute. This means that fewer than half of working Americans have a set plan for how they’ll get by financially after leaving the workplace.
Gov. Doug Ducey signed a $9.1 billion budget last week that he helped drive through the Arizona Legislature in a matter of days with the support of Senate President Andy Biggs and House Speaker David Gowan.
Let me tell you a story about an Arizona family. This family was doing OK financially, paying their bills on time, putting food on the table and clothes on their backs, spending a little on extras and even putting something away in the bank each month. Then one day, the head of the household told the family he was cutting his work week back to 30 hours and he was giving rich Uncle Jimmie who lives in the guest house a break on his rent.
The story of Karen and Mark Klay should be the story of their art. It should be a story of a married couple who collaborate to create works of art and have carved out a career doing so. Instead, their tale is a cautionary tale. It is a tale of survival and a fight with an aggressive form of cancer.
The Town of Oro Valley was correct in rejecting a petition by opponents of the town’s decision to purchase the El Conquistador golf courses and country club, the Arizona Court of Appeals decided last week.
When I think of Oro Valley, I think of a place where older generations can retire and where young families can raise their kids – free for the most part of government intrusion, both federally and locally. Mainly, American citizens want to be left alone, to live their lives the way they see fit. They expect their local governments to make wise choices, ones they might not agree with, but are able to live with. However, that is the heart of the issue isn’t it, what can we live with?
A recall attempt of elected Oro Valley Town council members is serious business and not to be taken lightly. As such, Oro Valley Citizens for Open Government (OVCOG) was formed by a diverse group of residents to initiate this important process. We come from many walks of life, young and old, and bring the collective influence of organization, experience in the private sector, thoughtfulness, and measured action.
(NewsUSA) - Can't file your tax return by the April 15 deadline? Taxpayers can request an automatic six-month extension of time to file the tax return. But, taxpayers beware, there is a catch. An extension is just an extension on the time to file the return -- it is not an extension on the time to pay.
Old Tucson and the Arizona Sonora Western Heritage Foundation present Wild West Days at Old Tucson March 20-March 22. See special guests demonstrate the skills early residents needed to survive and the contributions made by the cultures that left their marks on the Arizona Sonora region!
At a Pima County Board meeting last June, there was spirited discussion about the County's proposed budget and spending priorities. This was at a time when the County was considering the speculative purchase of land for the expansion of a soccer facility. Citizen after citizen implored the County to get its priorities straight and to make road repairs "the main thing". The voices of the citizens were unmistakable. People are tired of driving on roads that resemble those in a third world country.