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Douglas Legislature Shortchanges School Voucher Program Arizona Capitol Times

Fri, Dec 21, 2018

AZ Legislature

Outgoing Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas accused Arizona lawmakers of routinely underfunding the Department of Education’s effort to oversee the state’s voucher program, leaving millions of dollars earmarked for administrative costs untouched. State law dictates how much money is set aside to cover the costs of administering Arizona’s Empowerment Scholarship

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Arizona Lawmaker Arrested For Dui Reportedly Tells Officer 'you'll Get Yours' Fox News

Fri, Dec 21, 2018

Pinal County

When an Arizona lawmaker was arrested for allegedly driving while under the influence earlier this week, he reportedly told an officer, “You’ll get yours.” State Rep. David Cook, a Republican, was arrested Wednesday night in Mesa with a blood-alcohol content registering 0.158 percent, almost twice the legal limit,  

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3 Drought Planning Questions Arizona Needs To Figure Out Asap Phoenix New Times

Thu, Dec 20, 2018

Pinal County

Arizona has six weeks to finalize its plan to deal with looming shortages on the Colorado River. Otherwise, the federal government will step in. At a major water conference in Las Vegas last week, Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Brenda Burman told the Colorado Basin states that they needed to get it

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Pinal files RTA appeal, wants to keep collecting tax

Tue, Dec 11, 2018

Pinal County

PHOENIX — Counsel representing Pinal County has formally filed a notice to appeal a judge’s ruling that declared its new voter-approved excise tax is “illegal.” Joseph Kanefield, a Phoenix attorney representing Pinal County, said he filed a notice to appeal on Friday, hoping to reverse a Maricopa County judge’s decision last

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Tags: Arizona, Pinal County, Transportation tax

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Maricopa surpasses key 50,000 population milestone

Mon, Dec 10, 2018

Pinal County

MARICOPA — A long-awaited milestone in the growth of Maricopa has finally been reached. The city announced Friday that the latest estimate from the U.S. Census Bureau puts Maricopa’s population at 51,977. That number has been approved by the Arizona State Demographer’s Office, the Maricopa Association of Governments and Central Arizona

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Tags: Arizona, Pinal County, Maricopa, growth

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Encanterra residents split on Queen Creek annexation

Thu, Dec 6, 2018

Pinal County

QUEEN CREEK — The future of San Tan Valley’s incorporation hopes could be decided in the near future, and residents are mixed on whether the right course is being taken. Homeowners and residents of Encanterra Trilogy Resort Community voiced their grievances and endorsements for a possible annexation into Queen Creek in

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Tags: Arizona, Pinal County, Encanterra, San Tan Valley, Annexation

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Company sues Johnson Utilities over failed land deal

Wed, Nov 21, 2018

Development

SAN TAN VALLEY — A company is faulting Johnson Utilities’ poor water service as the cause for its inability to sell property to homebuilders in Pinal County, according to a civil complaint filed in court last week.

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Tags: Arizona, Pinal County, San Tan Valley, Johnson Utilities

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Chenoweth: What can Pinal County learn from the midterm election?

Tue, Nov 20, 2018

Election 2018

After multiple cycles of very predictable results, Arizona politics was finally shaken up a bit by the midterms of 2018, at least on the state level. In recent elections, Republicans have swept state-wide races, often regardless of who the candidate is. Ask Republicans how blindly voting for Diane Douglas in

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Tags: Arizona 2018 Ballot Propositions, propositions

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Supervisors adopt first land use plan for San Tan Valley

Sat, Nov 17, 2018

Development

FLORENCE — Planning in San Tan is about to get a little more organized. On Oct. 31, the Pinal County Board of Supervisors approved a general plan for a 70-square-mile area of San Tan Valley. The comprehensive plan is the county’s first attempt at regulating land-use designations and the preferred locations

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Native American couple works on trying to preserve culture

Sat, Nov 17, 2018

Pinal County

ELOY--  In 1990 President George H.W. Bush designated the month of November as “National American Indian Heritage Month.” Since then similar proclamations have been made each year. What originally started as an effort to gain a single day of recognition resulted in a whole month of recognition and hopes of raising awareness. Royce

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