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Ducey says tax levy needs to stay to fund education

Wed, Mar 15, 2017

Education

PHOENIX -- Gov. Doug Ducey is finally willing to talk about keeping public schools from falling off a financial cliff after 2020. And it involves a word at which he normally blanches: taxes. Ducey said late Tuesday he is supportive of efforts to ask voters to extend the the 0.6-cent sales tax

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Zinke’s confirmation to Interior greeted warily by environmental groups

Wed, Mar 1, 2017

Environment

WASHINGTON – Environmental groups said Wednesday they will keep a close eye on new Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, a former Montana congressman who they see as having a mixed record on the environment. “Starting on day one at the Interior Department, we’ll see which Ryan Zinke shows up,” Center for Western

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Tags: U.S., Arizona, Department of Interior, Ryan Zinke

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County attorney welcomes preemptive audit of RICO accounts

Wed, Mar 1, 2017

Pinal County

FLORENCE — Just days after agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation visited the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office, County Attorney Kent Volkmer opened his doors to the Arizona Auditor General’s Office.

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Tags: Arizona, Pinal County, RICO Funds, Sheriff Mark Lamb, County Attorney Kent Volkmer

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San Tan Valley officials say citizens will decide on becoming a city

Mon, Feb 27, 2017

Pinal County

SAN TAN VALLEY — Area residents who have backed an incorporation vote for San Tan Valley in the past are excited about legislation that will allow them to proceed, but no one has announced plans to do so immediately. Gov. Doug Ducey signed House Bill 2088 on Tuesday, allowing San Tan

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Tags: Arizona, Pinal County, AZ Legislature, San Tan Valley, Incorporation, HB2088

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Tucson urging high court to overturn law penalizing cities

Mon, Feb 27, 2017

AZ Legislature

PHOENIX (AP) — The city of Tucson wants the state Supreme Court to find that a 2016 law requiring the state to keep funding from cities with ordinances that conflict with state laws violates the state Constitution.

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Tags: Arizona, Pinal County, AZ Legislature, Gun Distruction

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Lamb faces uphill battle: 'I didn't put us in this predicament, but we have to fix it'

Sat, Feb 25, 2017

Pinal County

FLORENCE — Recently elected Pinal County Sheriff Mark Lamb promised change on the campaign trial, and that’s what he says he is bringing to the office — even if some residents don’t like his brand of change. However, criticism has been light.

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Tags: Arizona, Pinal County, RICO Funds, Sheriff Mark Lamb, County Attorney Kent Volkmer

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Lawmakers gut ability to collect voter signatures

Fri, Feb 17, 2017

AZ Legislature

PHOENIX — Spurred by business interests in the wake of a voter-approved minimum wage hike, Republican lawmakers approved legislation Thursday that could kill the ability of citizens to create their own laws. The most significant provision of House Bill 2404 would effectively kill the ability of groups to use paid circulators

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Tags: Arizona, Pinal County, AZ Legislature

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San Tan Valley incorporation bill now up to Ducey

Thu, Feb 16, 2017

Pinal County

PHOENIX — The question of whether San Tan Valley residents get a chance to incorporate is now in the hands of Gov. Doug Ducey. On a 28-1 margin the state Senate on Thursday gave final approval to legislation which removes the ability of Florence and Apache Junction to veto an incorporation

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Tags: Arizona, Pinal County, AZ Legislature, San Tan Valley, Incorporation, HB2088

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Lamb tells lawmakers Pinal growth creating public safety challenges

Sat, Feb 11, 2017

Pinal County

PHOENIX — Pinal County Sheriff Mark Lamb took the lectern at the Arizona Senate’s Commerce and Public Safety Committee meeting Monday afternoon to outline the challenges he’s looking to overcome in Pinal. Topics ranged from the possibility of San Tan Valley incorporating, border issues, mental health, budget concerns and staffing shortages,

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Tags: Arizona, Pinal County, AZ Legislature, San Tan Valley, Incorporation, Budget

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Local agencies don't plan to initially amp up immigration enforcement

Sat, Feb 11, 2017

Immigration

PHOENIX – Citing limited resources and Arizona’s controversial history, many local and state law enforcement officials said they have no plans to amp up their immigration enforcement in light of a presidential executive order calling for them to crackdown on illegal immigration.

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Tags: Arizona, Pinal County, Immigration, ICE

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