Flagstaff, AZ – Tomorrow Arizona voters must decide on a temporary, one cent sales tax increase to help balance the state budget. If passed, proceeds are earmarked for education, public safety and health care. But it's the state's universities that have the most to lose. Arizona Public Radio's Theresa Bierer reports.
Flagstaff, AZ – Murl Emery wore many hats including beaver trapper, cattle rustler, bootlegger, ferryman, prospector, truck driver, inventor, miner, aviator and mechanic. But he was best known as the lead boatman during the construction of Hoover Dam. For this month's Southwest Book Review, Ann Cummins reviews Robert Wood's biography of Emery called Desert Riverman.
Phoenix, AZ – Martin noted that both current Gov. Jan Brewer and predecessor Janet Napolitano have asked for an increased presence of Guard troops. But with the exception of a short-term deployment, the federal government has been unwilling to go along. Martin acknowledged that what he wants amounts to having state taxpayers pick up the tab for the failure of the federal government. But he said it would pay off long term.
Flagstaff, AZ – Next Tuesday Arizona voters head to the polls to decide on a one cent sales tax to help close the state's three billion dollar budget gap. If Prop 100 fails, additional cuts will be made to health and public safety, but most significantly, to education. John Wright is President of the Arizona Education Association, which has spent 80 thousand dollars campaigning for the temporary tax. He says budget cuts have already taken a toll on schools.
Flagstaff, AZ – There's less than a week until Arizonans vote on a temporary one cent sales tax increase to help balance the state's books. A host of education, public safety, and many corporate leaders have spoken out loudly in support of Prop 100. On the "No" side, the loudest voice has been Farrell (FAR-ull) Quinlan, Arizona Director for the National Federation of Independent Businesses. He told KNAU's Daniel Kraker that nearly three quarters of his members oppose the tax increase.
Phoenix, AZ – Right now any student who makes it through 12 grades and passes the AIMS gets to graduate. Rep. Rich Crandall said the problem with all that is there's no real incentive for students to do any better than the minimum required. And that's not much, as AIMS measures only what's expected at the 10th grade level. Pass AIMS in 10th grade and your reward is having to sit through 11th and 12th grades.
Phoenix, AZ – Brewer is out rounding up support for Proposition 100 which would hike the state sales tax by a penny for three years, raising an estimated $1 billion a year. But House Speaker Kirk Adams and some Republican lawmakers want a package of income and property tax cuts for business they say is needed to stimulate the economy. That bill with its $950 million a year price tag failed in the Senate. But Brewer noted that Adams has vowed a new effort next session.