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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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Trump’s budget draws praise from Gosar, pan from O'Halleran

Wed, May 24, 2017

Budget

WASHINGTON – The White House said its proposed $4.09 trillion budget shows “respect for the people who pay the bills,” but Arizona Democrats said deep domestic cuts make it a “dangerous plan” that will hurt the most vulnerable Americans. The fiscal 2018 budget President Donald Trump unveiled Tuesday uses what the

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Tags: Arizona, Congressional District 1, Congressional District 4, Federal Budget

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New RICO law could impact Pinal County lawsuit

Tue, May 23, 2017

Pinal County

PHOENIX — Reforms Gov. Doug Ducey signed into law last month concerning Arizona’s civil forfeiture procedures may impact an ongoing lawsuit against Pinal County. Two years ago, the American Civil Liberties Union filed suit after the Pinal County Attorney’s Office seized a San Tan Valley woman’s truck and sold it.

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Tags: Arizona, Pinal County, RICO Funds, Civic Forfeiture procedures

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Pinal school districts join fight to repeal new voucher law

Thu, May 11, 2017

Education

CASA GRANDE — Gov. Doug Ducey signed a school voucher expansion bill last month that has led to several Pinal County school districts adopting an Arizona School Boards Association resolution to oppose the measure and push for repeal. Senate Bill 1431 calls for a four-year, phased-in expansion of the state’s Education

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Tags: Arizona, Arizona Legislature, School Voucher Expansion

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STATEMENT: 'House Democrats will always choose people over politics'

Wed, May 10, 2017

AZ Legislature

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Arizona House Democratic Leader Rebecca Rios, D-Phoenix (District 27), House Democratic Assistant Leader Randall Friese, D-Tucson (District 9), and House Democratic Whip Charlene Fernandez, D-Yuma (District 4), released the following joint statement regarding the end of the 2017 Legislative Session: "Arizona House Democrats are building an inclusive

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Tags: Arizona, Arizona Legislature, Sine Die

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