State Capitol News

State Capitol News
7:57 am
Fri May 22, 2015

Arizona's Unemployment Rate Drops To 6 Percent

Arizona's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for April was 6 percent, down two-tenths of a percentage point from March.

The national unemployment rate dropped one-tenth of a percentage point to 5.4 percent in April.

The state Department of Administration says Arizona's economy gained 2,200 non-farm jobs last month.

Across Arizona's economy, seven of the 11 sectors added jobs and four reported losses in April.

Analysts say Professional and Business Services added 3,300 jobs with Government adding 1,900 jobs and Construction 1,300 jobs last month.

State Capitol News
8:16 am
Thu May 14, 2015

Gov. Doug Ducey Calls Business, Education Leaders to Summit

Credit David KadlubowskI/The Arizona Republic

Gov. Doug Ducey is calling economic development, business, education and political leaders from across the state to Glendale for a summit.

Thursday's event at the University of Phoenix Stadium will include a series of political and education speakers and Ducey will lay out his vision for the state.

Ducey spokesman Daniel Scarpinato says the idea is to bring leaders together and try to craft a vision for the entire state's economic and education development.

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State Capitol News
1:45 pm
Wed May 13, 2015

Arizona Leads the Nation in Higher Ed Budget Cuts Since the Great Recession

Gov. Doug Ducey and state lawmakers say the $99 million in cuts to higher education was necessary to contend with a $1.5 billion budget deficit.
Credit Mark Henle/The Republic

A recent report shows Arizona leading the nation in cuts to higher education since the Great Recession. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the study comes just months after the state trimmed nearly $100 million from its three public universities.

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State Capitol News
5:45 pm
Thu May 7, 2015

ABOR Approves In-State Tuition for Dreamers

Credit Tom Tingle/Arizona Republic

The board overseeing Arizona's three public universities has voted to grant in-state tuition to young immigrants who were granted deferred deportation status by the Obama administration.

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State Capitol News
7:55 am
Thu May 7, 2015

Arizona University Regents To Meet On Immigrant Tuition

The Arizona Board of Regents has called a special meeting to discuss a court ruling that says young immigrants granted deferred deportation status by the Obama administration should get in-state tuition.

Thursday morning's meeting comes after a judge ruled that young immigrants granted deferred deportation status are eligible for in-state college tuition.

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State Capitol News
2:01 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

Senators McCain and Flake Split on Support for Loretta Lynch for AG

After a five-month battle, the U.S. Senate confirmed New York City federal prosecutor Loretta Lynch as the nation's next attorney general.
Credit NBC News

After five months of delay, the U.S. Senate has confirmed Loretta Lynch to serve as attorney general. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the state’s Republican Senators were split on the nominee to lead the Justice Department.

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State Capitol News
5:27 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

Gov. Ducey Appoints Lisa Atkins as Head of State Land Department

Arizona is getting a new chief overseer for its millions of acres of land held in trust to benefits schools and other public institutions.

Gov. Doug Ducey's office on Wednesday announced his appointment of Lisa Atkins as land commissioner, a post that includes heading up the Land Department and its administration of trust land.

Atkins is currently an executive of Greater Phoenix Leadership, a business advocacy group, and she's also a member of the board that oversees the Central Arizona Project aqueduct system.

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State Capitol News
1:33 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

Recreational Marijuana Ballot Initiative for 2016 Registered With State

Credit ABC News

A 2016 ballot initiative that would legalize recreational marijuana in Arizona has been registered with the secretary of state’s office. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, if passed it would mean the state would control the marijuana industry.

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State Capitol News
7:58 am
Tue April 14, 2015

Gov. Ducey Signs Bill Blocking Plastic Bags Bans By Cities

Credit switchboard.nrdc.org

Gov. Doug Ducey has signed a bill that prevents towns and cities from banning single-use plastic shopping bags. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, supports say such bans are costly to businesses, but opponents say they’re more costly to the environment.

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State Capitol News
12:00 pm
Sat April 11, 2015

Gov. Ducey Signs Tax Bill That Trims $31 Million in State Revenue

Gov. Doug Ducey
Credit David Wallace/The Republic

A bill designed to align the state's income tax code with federal tax law that will cut state revenue by $31 million has been signed by Gov. Doug Ducey.

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