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Border wall could cost $70 billion, says Senate Democrats' new report

Mon, May 1, 2017

Immigration

A new report from Senate Democrats puts the cost of building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border at $70 billion, nearly three times any previous government estimate. The report from the minority party, which has been critical of President Donald Trump's signature issue, arrived just as the project's cost was about

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Will Democrats In Arizona Legislature Save Gov Doug Ducey's University Bonding Plan Azcentralcom

Thu, Apr 27, 2017

Education

With Republican Gov. Doug Ducey's $1 billion university funding proposal at a standstill at the state Legislature, Democrats are offering to support a retooled plan to give Arizona's three public universities greater bonding authority.

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Tags: Arizona, Arizona Legislature, Universities, Bonds

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Arizona faces suit on building, fixing schools

Thu, Apr 27, 2017

Education

PHOENIX — Just a year after settling one education funding lawsuit, state lawmakers face a new one, this one over what challengers say is their failure to build and properly maintain public schools.

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Area educators back Douglas proposal to keep tax hike to pay teachers more

Thu, Apr 27, 2017

Education

CASA GRANDE — The state’s top education official is proposing extending a sales tax that helps fund teachers, and area officials agree with the move.

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2 more open houses planned on proposed Pinal road tax

Fri, Apr 21, 2017

Pinal County

FLORENCE — Two more open houses are planned next month to discuss a proposed sales tax increase in Pinal County to fund highway improvements. Central Arizona Governments along with Pinal County announced two additional community open houses in Maricopa and San Tan Valley to seek input on the proposed transportation plan

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Tags: Arizona, Pinal County, taxes

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Mesa rally features ex-presidential candidate Bernie Sanders

Fri, Apr 21, 2017

Arizona Democratic Party

MESA (AP) — Former Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is set to headline a Democratic Party rally in Mesa The U.S. senator from Vermont will appear Friday evening with Democratic National Committee chair Tom Perez and other party leaders.

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Arizona Counties In Crisis After A Decade Of State Funding Sweeps Azcentralcom

Thu, Apr 20, 2017

AZ Legislature

County officials across the state are waiting anxiously for the Arizona Legislature to deliver its 2018 budget to Gov. Doug Ducey, warning they could be on the brink of financial disaster if the state doesn't throw them a bone.

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Arizona Teachers Respond To Doug Ducey's Voucher Expansion 'we Got Played' Arizona Daily Star

Tue, Apr 11, 2017

AZ Legislature

Gov. Doug Ducey is pushing back against top teachers who said the state’s chief executive essentially played them, the public education community and taxpayers by signing legislation to expand private school vouchers.

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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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