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ocial Security dollars go far in Pinal, study finds

Fri, Jul 21, 2017

Pinal County

CASA GRANDE — Retirees looking to relocate in Arizona might want to give Pinal County a closer look if they’re aiming to stretch their Social Security dollars as far as possible. According to a recent study by New York-based financial consulting hub SmartAsset, Pinal ranks second in Arizona — beaten only

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Queen Creek may want to purchase Johnson Utilities

Sun, Jul 16, 2017

Pinal County

QUEEN CREEK — The town of Queen Creek may be seeking to purchase Johnson Utilities, according to multiple state lawmakers. But a town spokesman said there’s nothing in the works. Rep. T.J. Shope, R-Coolidge, told PinalCentral that Queen Creek representatives spoke with him and other representatives in a brief meeting last week

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Miller lone vote against county budget because of pay raise option

Thu, Jul 13, 2017

Pinal County

FLORENCE — Pinal County Board of Supervisors Chairman Steve Miller was in favor of the final 2017-18 fiscal year budget amount presented at the supervisors meeting Wednesday. But he voted “no” on the item anyway. The final budget rings in just where the tentative budget — which was set early last month

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Pinal road excise tax on ballot in November

Thu, Jun 22, 2017

Pinal County

FLORENCE — The Pinal County Board of Supervisors passed a resolution Wednesday approving a Regional Transportation Plan and Transportation Excise Tax and calling for a Nov. 7 election date. The plan and half-cent transportation excise tax are intended to allocate about $640 million in transportation funding over the next two decades

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ACHA Medicaid cuts will hit Arizona’s children harder than other states

Thu, Jun 22, 2017

Healthcare

Last week, Rep. Heather Carter, R-Cave Creek, chairwoman of the House Health Committee, wrote that federal Medicaid cuts “threaten the progress Arizona has made in delivering quality, affordable health care to millions across our state.” Phoenix Children’s Hospital agrees and, as Arizona’s only health care system focused exclusively on kids, can

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Tags: Arizona, Affordable Care Act repeal

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Study: Pinal workers don't make enough to afford area rentals

Mon, Jun 12, 2017

Pinal County

PHOENIX -- It may be no surprise to Arizona renters. But a new report shows that an affordable apartment -- one within their means -- requires more than what they typically earn in a 40-hour week. New data from the National Low Income Housing Coalition shows it takes 1.1 full-time jobs at

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Tags: Arizona, Pinal County, Economics, Low Income Housing Coalition,

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No tax hike in tentative Pinal budget

Wed, Jun 7, 2017

FLORENCE — The Pinal County Board of Supervisors approved a tentative fiscal year budget at its meeting Wednesday, though further examination will eventually lead to a final budget — and even a possible resolution amendment to follow because of a Sheriff’s Office staffing study that is being done. The tentative budget

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Tags: Arizona, Pinal County, Budget

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Pinal board to discuss possible legal action against Johnson Utilities

Tue, Jun 6, 2017

Pinal County

SAN TAN VALLEY — In light of a recent indictment of Johnson Utilities owner George Johnson and three others, Pinal County Supervisor Mike Goodman said he wants county officials to be kept in the loop on discussions taking place related to the utility company, which affects residents in his district. The

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Black leaders: Remove Confederate monuments from Arizona

Mon, Jun 5, 2017

Pinal County

PHOENIX — Black leaders in Arizona are pushing Republican Gov. Doug Ducey to remove six Confederate monuments on public land, including one at Picacho Peak, that they say are offensive and glorify the country’s racist past. The push comes as Southern communities wrestle with whether to keep longstanding symbols of the

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Tags: Arizona, Pinal County, Confederate monuments, NAAP

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Trump plan to exit Paris accord riles O'Halleran, warms Gosar

Fri, Jun 2, 2017

Environment

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump said Thursday the United States will withdraw from a global agreement on emissions that “handicaps” the economy, a move that Arizona critics charged will end up harming both the economy and the environment. Trump’s long-expected announcement pulls the U.S. out of the so-called Paris climate

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Tags: Arizona, Paris Accords, climate change, Economy

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