Phoenix, AZ – House Republican leaders promised Monday to vote by the end of March to repeal the state property tax -- and permanently forego the $250 million it would raise -- whether or not they have a plan by then to balance next year's budget.
Phoenix, AZ – Don't expect any quick action by state lawmakers to adopt a new budget for the coming year.
The issue, quite simply, is lack of information about how much money Arizona is going to get in the federal stimulus package. There are some significant differences that have to be ironed out between versions approved by the U.S. House and Senate.
Phoenix, AZ – Members of the state Parks Board balked today at a proposal to shutter eight locations, saying they wanted to see if there were better alternatives. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports.
Agency Director Ken Travous said closing the parks was the best way to deal with the nearly $4.9 million lawmakers took from the department's operting budget and $17.3 million raided from special funds, all to deal with a $1.6 billion deficit.
Phoenix, AZ – The vote by the Legislature early Saturday to plug the 1-point-6 billion dollar hole in the budget does not end the fight over spending cuts.
That's because gap between revenues and expenses for the coming year could hit $3 billion. John Kavanagh who chairs the House Appropriations Committee, said that is likely to mean even deeper cuts to education.
Phoenix, AZ – State lawmakers early this morning finally approved a revised budget to deal with the deficit.
Adoption came after the Republican-controlled Legislature beat back efforts by Democrats to reverse proposed cuts for several programs, especially funds for public schools, community colleges and universities. One amendment by Rep. David Schapira specifically sought to restore the $142 million in cuts to the university system.