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Legislature saddles city, county with new fees, lower funding
Thu, Apr 9, 2015AZ Legislature
Blindsided. That might as well have been the word that Richard Travis used to describe how this year's legislative budget treated cities and counties. Lawmakers passed the budget after midnight on March 6-7, Travis told the Flagstaff City Council and the Coconino Board of Supervisors in a joint meeting Monday. Travis, who lobbies Read More

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Governor signs bill cutting taxes for insurance companies
Thu, Apr 9, 2015AZ Legislature
Arizona is set to reduce taxes for insurance companies under a new bill Gov. Doug Ducey signed into law Monday.The tax cut is expected to mean the loss of more than $44 million to state’s general fund over the next 10 years. The proposal comes at a time when Arizona Read More

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Arizona law helps tribal members get birth certificates
Thu, Apr 9, 2015AZ Legislature
A state health policy that made getting a delayed birth certificate easier for American Indians now is law.Gov. Doug Ducey signed a bill Monday sought by Arizona tribes to reduce the number of documents needed to obtain a birth certificate later in life.

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Delegate Selection Process for the 2016 Democratic National Convention
Thu, Apr 9, 2015Arizona Democratic Party
Phoenix, AZ -- In preparation for the 2016 Democratic National Convention, Arizona Democratic Party Chair Alexis Tameron today released the 2016 Delegate Selection and Affirmative Action Plan, opening up a 30-day public comment period. The public comment period will conclude on May 8, 2015. Arizona Democrats will have 75 delegates and Read More

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Delegate Selection Process for the 2016 Democratic National Convention
Thu, Apr 9, 2015Arizona Democratic Party
Phoenix, AZ -- In preparation for the 2016 Democratic National Convention, Arizona Democratic Party Chair Alexis Tameron today released the 2016 Delegate Selection and Affirmative Action Plan, opening up a 30-day public comment period. The public comment period will conclude on May 8, 2015. Arizona Democrats will have 75 delegates and Read More

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Arizona Supreme Court: Justices keep legislators out of city elections
Wed, Mar 18, 2015AZ Legislature
PHOENIX — For the second time in three years, the Arizona Supreme Court has blocked efforts by state lawmakers to control when charter cities can hold their elections.The justices on Tuesday rejected claims by the state Attorney General’s Office that the Legislature is free to declare that voters can go Read More

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Bipartisanship elusive in redistricting process
Thu, Mar 5, 2015Redistricting
The common wisdom has it that elections are all about fielding the best candidates and letting the voters decide. But if recent legal developments are any indication, it’s who draws the district maps that matter just as much. This week the U.S. Supreme Court heard a case involving Arizona’s independent redistricting commission. Read More

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Apache Junction school district to switch to 4-day week
Tue, Mar 3, 2015Education
APACHE JUNCTION, Ariz. (AP) - A suburban Phoenix school district facing a budget shortfall will switch to a four-day school week in the fall. The Apache Junction Unified School District board's decision Tuesday night follows a similar move by another Pinal County district, Coolidge Unified.

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Board cuts 2 percent; more likely ahead
Sun, Mar 1, 2015Pinal County
FLORENCE –– Facing sharply declining revenues, the Pinal Board of Supervisors moved last Wednesday to help stem the bloodletting of the County’s financial reserves with a 2 percent across-the-board cut.The move applies to all departments for the fourth quarter of the current fiscal year, save for the Pinal County Sheriff’s Read More

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Thousands in waste uncovered at Pinal COSC office
Thu, Feb 26, 2015Pinal County
FLORENCE — In office for less than two months, the administration of new Clerk of the Superior Court Amanda Stanford says it has uncovered a number of areas of financial waste.Most prevalent, said Chief Deputy Lynn Hurley, is the more than $35,000 spent to install new modular-style offices during the Read More

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