Phoenix, AZ – Governor Jan Brewer said this afternoon she's hoping a special session finally produces a balanced budget she can sign. But the same sticking point remains.
That sticking point remains her insistence that voters be given a chance to hike the state sales tax by a penny. When she didn't get that earlier this week, she vetoed key parts of the budget -- and ordered lawmakers back to the Capitol.
Phoenix, AZ – State lawmakers gave final approval early this morning to a new budget. But it isn't the one the governor wants.
The spending plan is similar to one the Republican-controlled Legislature enacted early last month, one that Gov. Jan Brewer said cut spending too much. This one restores some funding for health and social service programs like Kids Care which provides subsidized health coverage for the children of working poor.
Phoenix, AZ – Today's decision of the U-S Supreme Court on the state's responsibility to fund English learner programs is a victory for lawmakers and school superintendent Tom Horne. But it's not the last word.
Phoenix, AZ – State lawmakers decided Thursday that the rights of gun owners trump those of property owners, at least in some circumstances. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer explains.
The issue surrounds the policies of some businesses banning employees from driving on the property with guns in their vehicles. Rep. John Kavanagh said that undermines the right of people to defend themselves.
Phoenix, AZ – Republican legislative leaders have agreed to ask voters to hike state sales taxes as part of a deal to balance the budget. But the trade-off would be creating a flat state income tax for individuals.