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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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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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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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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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Legislature ends session, passes tax breaks, reverses cuts to public benefits

Wed, May 10, 2017

AZ Legislature

The House and Senate adjourned the 2017 legislative session for good at sunset Wednesday, capping a day that saw lawmakers expand tax breaks for businesses and benefits for poor Arizona families. Legislators approved providing another $10 million in state income tax credits for “angel” investors who put money into qualified small

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Pinal lawmakers (Republicans all) pleased with 2018 State Budget

Fri, May 5, 2017

AZ Legislature

CASA GRANDE — The Arizona Legislature passed a $9.8 billion budget early Friday that Gov. Doug Ducey said emphasizes education. “It’s amazing that he (Ducey) was willing to give away the store just to get conservatives on board and he wasn’t even willing to have a word with Democrats about two

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State Budget Deal Tied To Vote On University Bonding Issue Azcentralcom

Mon, May 1, 2017

AZ Legislature

AZCentral.com-Gov. Doug Ducey and Republican leaders in the Legislature have reached a tentative budget deal, seemingly breaking weeks of deadlock over the state spending plan. The proposed $9.6 billion deal would include 2 percent teacher raises Ducey called for in January, but phase them in over two years instead of the five years the

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

Tue, Apr 11, 2017

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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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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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