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Pinal school officials strongly opposed to voucher expansion

Tue, Aug 8, 2017

Education

PHOENIX — Opposition to expansion of school vouchers has been expressed strongly in Pinal County by educators and officials who believe it would cause serious damage. Now, the law is on hold as officials examine the list to verify whether an opposing group, Save Our Schools Arizona, collected more than 75,000

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I-10 widening project in CG to include buffer walls with water art

Sat, Aug 5, 2017

Pinal County

CASA GRANDE — Widening of Interstate 10 on the southern edge of Casa Grande will begin early next year and will feature art elements that reflect the historic importance of water in the Casa Grande Valley, officials said.

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Residents give feedback on Kirkland mine - traffic, dust, 'doing it well'

Sat, Aug 5, 2017

Public Lands

Residents both for and against the Kirkland Mine flocked to a community meeting in Skull Valley on Wednesday, Aug. 2, put together to address rumors as well as provide information, said Penny Pew, district director for Rep. Paul Gosar. Neither the Bureau of Land Management nor Kirkland Mining Company were present

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Corporation Commission continues pursuing Johnson Utilities audit

Sat, Aug 5, 2017

Pinal County

SAN TAN VALLEY — Arizona Corporation Commission officials say the agency’s rate and operation review of water provider Johnson Utilities — which was ordered not long after the indictment of the utility company’s owner — is moving forward. But one Pinal County public official said he’s skeptical of the progress. “It doesn’t

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ocial Security dollars go far in Pinal, study finds

Fri, Jul 21, 2017

Pinal County

CASA GRANDE — Retirees looking to relocate in Arizona might want to give Pinal County a closer look if they’re aiming to stretch their Social Security dollars as far as possible. According to a recent study by New York-based financial consulting hub SmartAsset, Pinal ranks second in Arizona — beaten only

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Queen Creek may want to purchase Johnson Utilities

Sun, Jul 16, 2017

Pinal County

QUEEN CREEK — The town of Queen Creek may be seeking to purchase Johnson Utilities, according to multiple state lawmakers. But a town spokesman said there’s nothing in the works. Rep. T.J. Shope, R-Coolidge, told PinalCentral that Queen Creek representatives spoke with him and other representatives in a brief meeting last week

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Miller lone vote against county budget because of pay raise option

Thu, Jul 13, 2017

Pinal County

FLORENCE — Pinal County Board of Supervisors Chairman Steve Miller was in favor of the final 2017-18 fiscal year budget amount presented at the supervisors meeting Wednesday. But he voted “no” on the item anyway. The final budget rings in just where the tentative budget — which was set early last month

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Pinal road excise tax on ballot in November

Thu, Jun 22, 2017

Pinal County

FLORENCE — The Pinal County Board of Supervisors passed a resolution Wednesday approving a Regional Transportation Plan and Transportation Excise Tax and calling for a Nov. 7 election date. The plan and half-cent transportation excise tax are intended to allocate about $640 million in transportation funding over the next two decades

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ACHA Medicaid cuts will hit Arizona’s children harder than other states

Thu, Jun 22, 2017

Healthcare

Last week, Rep. Heather Carter, R-Cave Creek, chairwoman of the House Health Committee, wrote that federal Medicaid cuts “threaten the progress Arizona has made in delivering quality, affordable health care to millions across our state.” Phoenix Children’s Hospital agrees and, as Arizona’s only health care system focused exclusively on kids, can

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Tags: Arizona, Affordable Care Act repeal

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Study: Pinal workers don't make enough to afford area rentals

Mon, Jun 12, 2017

Pinal County

PHOENIX -- It may be no surprise to Arizona renters. But a new report shows that an affordable apartment -- one within their means -- requires more than what they typically earn in a 40-hour week. New data from the National Low Income Housing Coalition shows it takes 1.1 full-time jobs at

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Tags: Arizona, Pinal County, Economics, Low Income Housing Coalition,

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