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Hobbs vetoes bill to eliminate local grocery taxes
Gov. Katie Hobbs vetoed two more bills on Tuesday, including a measure that would’ve blocked cities and towns from taxing groceries. In a veto letter, the Democratic governor wrote that eliminating the grocery tax wouldn’t actually provide relief in municipalities that rely on that local revenue to fund services, like public safety.
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Cochise supervisors vote to give recorder election duties
A rural Arizona county board that was embroiled last year in voting machine conspiracies has voted to give all election duties through 2024 to the county’s elected Republican recorder. The state Attorney General’s Office suggested the move Tuesday may be illegal.
March 1, 2023
Hobbs condemns  far-fledged drug cartel allegations
Gov. Katie Hobbs is condemning far-fledged allegations from a legislative committee hearing that she and other state leaders like Adrian Fontes and the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors were taking bribes from Mexican cartels.
March 1, 2023
Hotel industry tells Congress the U.S. needs more immigrants
The hotel industry says Congress can help its workforce shortage by attracting more immigrants.
Feb. 28, 2023
AZ students camp out in D.C. for student debt forgiveness
Students from Northern Arizona University, Arizona State University, the University of Arizona and Glendale Community College camped out overnight to be at the Supreme Court Tuesday morning as it considered the Biden administration's student loan forgiveness plan.
Feb. 28, 2023
Education group: Teacher salary increases not enough to address shortage
A new survey shows Arizona school districts have nearly 3,000 open teacher positions statewide.
Feb. 28, 2023
A judge could ban abortion pills as states fight to expand access
A federal judge in Texas is expected to rule shortly in a lawsuit that aims to block access to one of the two drugs typically used in medication abortions. At the same time, Arizona has joined a multi-state lawsuit that argues the drug should be more available nationwide.
Feb. 28, 2023
A bill to ban taxes on food passes Arizona Senate
The Arizona Senate passed a bill that would ban cities from imposing taxes on food.
Feb. 28, 2023
Should public officials get a pass for COVID-19 decisions?
Substack writer Robert Robb believes public officials should generally be given a pass when it comes to actions they recommended or took to deal with COVID-19, as long as they acted in good faith.
Feb. 28, 2023
Chinese spy balloon puts Tucson company in the crosshairs
After the U.S. government shot down a Chinese spy balloon, an Arizona company co-founded by Sen. and former astronaut Mark Kelly is in the spotlight because of its ties to China.
Feb. 28, 2023
Arizona GOP lawmakers distance themselves from election-related bribery accusations
Top Arizona Republican lawmakers on Monday denounced a legislative hearing that gave oxygen to dubious election conspiracies and let one woman testify, without evidence, that a host of elected officials and judges, including Gov. Katie Hobbs, took bribes from the Sinaloa drug cartel.
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Feb. 27, 2023
Superintendent Horne backs bill to raise teacher salaries
An Arizona House bill that would increase teacher pay in the state is moving through the Legislature.
Feb. 27, 2023
16 complaints about Brnovich have been filed with Bar
More than a dozen complaints have been filed with the State Bar of Arizona against former Attorney General Mark Brnovich, including one from the governor.
Feb. 27, 2023
Díaz and Montini: Criminalizing wont solve homelessness
People are not committing a crime simply by living unsheltered — that is, unless some of our state lawmakers get their way. Some Arizona leaders want to take a punitive approach to addressing homelessness that E.J. Montini says is a mistake.
Feb. 27, 2023
AZ Senate Republicans target how Tucson chooses City Council members
Arizona lawmakers are moving to strip 19 cities of their right to home rule simply to help get Republicans elected to the Tucson City Council.
Feb. 27, 2023
Glendale considers new rules for discarded shopping carts
Several years ago, Glendale officials started an executive task force to help unsheltered individuals. A part of that goal meant addressing the issue of discarded shopping carts.
Feb. 27, 2023
New Corporation Commissioner faces ethics complaint
A new member of the Arizona Corporation Commission, who used to be a lobbyist for a natural gas utility the body regulates, is facing an ethics complaint. A spokesman for Kevin Thompson says the commissioner is confident he did not violate any rules when he took a January trip to New York to meet with a handful of financial institutions.
Feb. 25, 2023
Despite objections, Phoenix to sell forfeited guns to public
Some Phoenix leaders don’t like it, but the city will sell 1,400 firearms to the public. The handguns, rifles and shotguns were turned into police after courts ordered the owners to forfeit them. Arizona law requires cities to sell forfeited firearms or risk losing state funding.
Feb. 24, 2023
Hobbs appoints retired judge to review AZ death penalty practices
Governor Katie Hobbs has chosen retired Judge David Duncan to be the Death Penalty Independent Review Commissioner.
Feb. 24, 2023
Mayes joins 11 other states to sue FDA over abortion drug restriction
Attorney General Kris Mayes is joining 11 other states — Washington, Oregon, Nevada, Delaware, Illinois, Connecticut, Colorado, Vermont, New Mexico, Michigan and Rhode Island — in suing the FDA over its restrictions of the drug mifepristone, which is used in an abortion regimen.
Feb. 24, 2023
AZ Senate passes 3 bills aimed at reducing individual income taxes
Republican state senators have approved three proposals to cut individual income taxes in light of a nearly $2 billion revenue surplus. Gov. Katie Hobbs could be poised to veto the measures, as they would cut funds needed to fulfill her budget.
Feb. 24, 2023