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Pinal lawmaker wants education sales tax extended

Wed, Jan 10, 2018

AZ Legislature

 PHOENIX — A Pinal County state lawmaker on Wednesday introduced legislation that would permanently extend a sales tax that currently provides about $550 million a year for K-12 education in Arizona. Republican Rep. Doug Coleman of Apache Junction said making the six-tenths of one cent sales tax permanent would provide

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How To Make Your Voice Heard In Arizona Without Driving To The Capitol

Mon, Jan 8, 2018

AZ Legislature

PHOENIX — If you want to keep tabs on your lawmakers and bills, the Arizona Legislature’s website has a full rundown of proposed new laws, amendments to proposals, and the roll-call votes in committees and on the floor. One function of the website allows people not only to watch hearings

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5 Key Issues To Watch At The Arizona Legislature This Year Azcentralcom

Mon, Jan 8, 2018

AZ Legislature

Arizona lawmakers head back to work Monday as the Legislature convenes for its annual session. Several high-profile issues, from education funding to the state’s opioid epidemic, are expected to top the agenda for what could be a marathon term. Lawmakers also will gather in Monday afternoon for opening ceremonies in the House

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Vote San Tan Valley finance shows low budget, spending

Fri, Jan 5, 2018

Pinal County

SAN TAN VALLEY — The political action committee Vote San Tan Valley has made significant progress in pushing for its goal of getting incorporation on the ballot since being formed last March. The group filed a map with the county in October and began collecting petition signatures. Members did this

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Arizona Bill Would Draw Party Lines Where None Exist Mdash Local Elections

Tue, Dec 26, 2017

AZ Legislature

For politicians vying for city office in Arizona, there's a go-to line when people ask what political party they belong to: "There isn't a Democrat or Republican way to fix a pothole." Elections for mayor or city council in most of the state's 91 cities and towns are officially nonpartisan

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Rural residents of San Tan Valley wary of incorporation

Thu, Oct 26, 2017

Pinal County

SAN TAN VALLEY — Residents of rural San Tan Valley are worried that incorporation will bring unwanted changes to their communities. “We moved here because it’s perfect for us, and we don’t want incorporation to spoil it,” Sun Valley Farms resident Gerry Santomassimo wrote to PinalCentral.

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O'Halleran opposes proposed national parks' fee hike amid struggle to fund repairs

Wed, Oct 25, 2017

Pinal County

WASHINGTON – Congressman Tom O’Halleran says a proposed entrance fee increase at Grand Canyon National Park will hurt the economy and jobs in Northern Arizona. The National Park Service is considering a dramatic increase in entrance fees at 17 national parks. The Grand Canyon, along with most of Pinal County, is

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Jail audit shows misuse of millions of dollars by PCSO

Fri, Oct 20, 2017

FLORENCE — State funds earmarked to improve the condition of Pinal County’s jail were instead used to pay employee wages and compensation by former Sheriff Paul Babeu, a recently released audit shows.

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Town hall focuses on Pinal's future workforce

Thu, Oct 19, 2017

ELOY — Pinal County is not going to suffer from a lack of employment opportunities in the future. The problem is that residents are not currently prepared to fill the needs of the future workforce. That was the message of the Pinal County Town Hall, an assembly that began in 1988

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Pinal officials support proposed road tax

Thu, Sep 28, 2017

CASA GRANDE — Many Pinal officials are coming out in support of a new road tax and transportation plan that will be before voters in November. Voters will be asked to approve two ballot measures, Propositions 416 and 417, that would allocate a half-cent sales tax increase along with a list

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