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AZ Legislature passes bill to block cities from taxing groceries
The state Legislature passed a bill that would overrule the ability of cities and towns to levy taxes on groceries. Food taxes raise about $161 million for cities every year.
Arizona pronoun bill advances but will likely never become law
The Arizona Senate Education Committee approved a bill that would force school employees to only refer to students by their birth-given names, or nicknames "commonly associated with the student's name of record.” But even if this bill passes the Legislature, the governor’s chief of staff made it clear on Twitter that it’s dead on arrival.
Jan. 19, 2023
Hobbs outlines budget for water, natural resources
Gov. Katie Hobbs released her budget last week, offering Arizonans a look at some of her priorities for the coming year, and the state’s natural resources were not overlooked.
Jan. 18, 2023
Gov. Hobbs budget meets 1st hurdle at committee hearing
The committee took issues with individual line items and the governor's full approach toward the budget.
Jan. 18, 2023
House committee passes bill to eliminate grocery tax in AZ
The Arizona House Ways and Means Committee passed a bill that would eliminate tax on groceries Wednesday. More than 20 cities in the Phoenix area alone currently collect a tax on groceries.
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Jan. 18, 2023
Ties between Saudi, AZ farmers go back nearly a century
Newly elected Arizona Attorney General Kris Mayes has promised to stop what she calls a sweetheart deal that allows Saudi farmers to use up valuable Arizona water for free to grow thirsty alfalfa in our state. Now, a new book from Arizona native Natalie Koch dives deep into the long history that got us here.
Jan. 18, 2023
County supervisor: Scottsdale mayor is blocking a Rio Verde water solution
Maricopa County Supervisor Tom Galvin says Scottsdale Mayor David Ortega has blocked an interim solution to provide water to Rio Verde Foothills, which falls within his district. The Show spoke with him about the ongoing discussions.
Jan. 18, 2023
Arizona hires new directors for corrections, public safety
Arizona has new directors for its Department of Corrections and Department of Public Safety. Gov. Katie Hobbs announced Tuesday that Ryan Thornell will take over the DOC while Tempe Police Chief Jeffrey Glover will be the next head of the DPS.
Jan. 18, 2023
Gosar to return to House committees after 2021 removal
House Leadership made committee assignments on Tuesday. Among them, Arizona Republican Paul Gosar was tapped to rejoin both committees that previous leaders removed him from in 2021.
Jan. 17, 2023
Mail-in voting upheld in Arizona Court of Appeals
The state Court of Appeals has ruled that mail-in voting is legal and doesn’t violate Arizona’s constitution. The unanimous decision upheld the ruling from a Mohave County Superior Court judge.
Jan. 17, 2023
Bill proposed to outlaw early voting in Arizona
A Republican state lawmaker who also wants to overturn the 2022 election results is continuing the push to outlaw voting by mail.
Jan. 17, 2023
Water fight heads to court as Rio Verde Foothills runs dry
Rio Verde Foothills residents have filed an injunction against the city of Scottsdale after it shut down water delivery services to the community.
Jan. 17, 2023
How Gov. Hobbs is positioning for state budget negotiations
Gov. Katie Hobbs’ $17 billion budget includes more money for public education and would put $150 million into the state’s housing trust fund. But it also gets rid of two high-profile programs from the Ducey administration: universal school vouchers and the Border Strike Force.
Jan. 17, 2023
Faster results or longer early voting? Richer wants AZ to decide
There are a lot of ideas across Arizona for ways to change the way the state conducts its elections. And Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer has several of his own. Richer has released a 28-page document outlining some areas he thinks could use some adjustments.
Jan. 17, 2023
Elvia Díaz: Hobbs focus on public education is refreshing
New Democratic Gov. Katie Hobbs made funding education — and defunding vouchers — a center point of her budget. It’s a shift in priorities that the Editorial Board of the Arizona Republic welcomes. Editor Elvia Díaz joined The Show to talk about about why.
Jan. 17, 2023
Senates transgender pronoun bill is DOA for Gov. Hobbs
State Sen. John Kavanagh’s Senate Bill 1001 requires school employees to call a student by the pronoun that aligns with their biological sex, not the one the student identifies with — unless their parents say it’s OK to use trans pronouns.
Jan. 17, 2023
House Republicans plan impeachment for Mayorkas
Having retaken a slim majority in the U.S. House, Republicans plan to initiate impeachment proceedings against Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. Arizona Congresswoman Debbie Lesko supports the move.
Jan. 16, 2023
Save Our Schools Arizona reacts to Gov. Hobbs plan to eliminate school voucher expansion
On Friday, Gov. Katie Hobbs announced her executive budget and revealed her desire to eliminate the state’s universal school voucher program. Nonpartisan organization Save Our Schools Arizona praised Hobbs, saying her agenda will benefit public education.
Jan. 16, 2023
Vice President Kamala Harris to visit Tonopah on Jan. 19
On Thursday, Vice President Kamala Harris will travel to Tonopah, Arizona, to celebrate the groundbreaking of a high voltage transmission line known as the Ten West Link.
Jan. 14, 2023
Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs collected $1.5M from corporations, special interests for inauguration
Gov. Katie Hobbs collected nearly $1.5 million in donations from corporations and other special interests to cover the cost of her inauguration. But the event cost only about $207,000 to put on.
Jan. 14, 2023
Is an 18-year-old mature enough to serve in the AZ legislature? One lawmaker thinks so
A proposal by newly elected Rep. Matt Gress (R-Phoenix) would set the minimum age for legislators at 18. They now have to be 25 to take office. Voters would have the final say if approved by the Legislature.
Jan. 13, 2023