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Arizona Supreme Court: Justices keep legislators out of city elections
Wed, Mar 18, 2015AZ Legislature
PHOENIX — For the second time in three years, the Arizona Supreme Court has blocked efforts by state lawmakers to control when charter cities can hold their elections.The justices on Tuesday rejected claims by the state Attorney General’s Office that the Legislature is free to declare that voters can go Read More

Tags: Arizona, Arizona Supreme Court, City Elections

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Bipartisanship elusive in redistricting process
Thu, Mar 5, 2015Redistricting
The common wisdom has it that elections are all about fielding the best candidates and letting the voters decide. But if recent legal developments are any indication, it’s who draws the district maps that matter just as much. This week the U.S. Supreme Court heard a case involving Arizona’s independent redistricting commission. Read More

Tags: Arizona, Arizona Legislature, Independent Redistricting Commission

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Apache Junction school district to switch to 4-day week
Tue, Mar 3, 2015Education
APACHE JUNCTION, Ariz. (AP) - A suburban Phoenix school district facing a budget shortfall will switch to a four-day school week in the fall. The Apache Junction Unified School District board's decision Tuesday night follows a similar move by another Pinal County district, Coolidge Unified.

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Board cuts 2 percent; more likely ahead
Sun, Mar 1, 2015Pinal County
FLORENCE –– Facing sharply declining revenues, the Pinal Board of Supervisors moved last Wednesday to help stem the bloodletting of the County’s financial reserves with a 2 percent across-the-board cut.The move applies to all departments for the fourth quarter of the current fiscal year, save for the Pinal County Sheriff’s Read More

Tags: Arizona, Pinal County, BOS, Budget, Sheriff, County Attorney

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Thousands in waste uncovered at Pinal COSC office
Thu, Feb 26, 2015Pinal County
FLORENCE — In office for less than two months, the administration of new Clerk of the Superior Court Amanda Stanford says it has uncovered a number of areas of financial waste.Most prevalent, said Chief Deputy Lynn Hurley, is the more than $35,000 spent to install new modular-style offices during the Read More

Tags: Arizona, Pinal County, Clerk of the Superior Court, Amanda Stanford

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Editorial: Pinal budget battles
Thu, Feb 26, 2015Pinal County
Pinal County government’s budget involves some serious money, more than a third of a billion dollars a year. Not surprisingly, the budget process sometimes means conflict.A disagreement between at least some members of the Board of Supervisors, which sets the annual budget, and the two elected officials who head up Read More

Tags: Arizona, Pinal County, BOS, Budget, Sheriff, County Attorney

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Board of Supervisors: Board weighs need for impact fee increases
Fri, Feb 20, 2015Pinal County
FLORENCE –– Just how much is too much when it comes to development impact fees?The Pinal County Board of Supervisors recognizes the need for such fees to finance roads and infrastructure in the county, but some board members say if fees get too high, it will drive away developers.At a Read More

Tags: Pinal County Supervisors, Impact Fees, BOS

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A HISTORIC DAY’ Huge annexations receive approval
Fri, Feb 20, 2015Pinal County
In what was called a “historic day” for the city of Coolidge, Monday saw a huge step in the annexation of 13 square miles of land into the city limits, which would stretch the boundaries significantly south and transforming the prospects for the future of economic development.

Tags: Arizona, Pinal County, Coolidge, Land annexation.

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Gov’s budget concerns educators
Fri, Feb 20, 2015Education
Public schools could see loss of $113.5M Frank Davidson“For our district, that would be a cut of around $1 million.” — Frank DavidsonCGESD superintendent Educators are worried that Gov. Doug Ducey’s proposed budget would cut funding for public schools by another $113.5 million.“For our district, that would be a cut of around Read More

Tags: Arizona, Governor, Doug Ducey, Education Budget

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UA President Discusses Gov. Ducey's Proposed Budget Cuts To Universities
Fri, Feb 20, 2015Education
In his proposed budget for the next fiscal year, Governor Doug Ducey is looking to cut $75 million from the state’s three public universities. The University of Arizona would lose $21 million of its funding if the Ducey budget becomes a reality. Some are concerned that state lawmakers will push for Read More

Tags: Arizona, Governor, Doug Ducey, UA President, Budet cuts

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