Phoenix, AZ – State lawmakers gave final approval early this morning to a new budget. But it isn't the one the governor wants.
The spending plan is similar to one the Republican-controlled Legislature enacted early last month, one that Gov. Jan Brewer said cut spending too much. This one restores some funding for health and social service programs like Kids Care which provides subsidized health coverage for the children of working poor.
Phoenix, AZ – Today's decision of the U-S Supreme Court on the state's responsibility to fund English learner programs is a victory for lawmakers and school superintendent Tom Horne. But it's not the last word.
Phoenix, AZ – State lawmakers decided Thursday that the rights of gun owners trump those of property owners, at least in some circumstances. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer explains.
The issue surrounds the policies of some businesses banning employees from driving on the property with guns in their vehicles. Rep. John Kavanagh said that undermines the right of people to defend themselves.
Phoenix, AZ – Republican legislative leaders have agreed to ask voters to hike state sales taxes as part of a deal to balance the budget. But the trade-off would be creating a flat state income tax for individuals.
Phoenix, AZ – The Senate Education Committee voted Wednesday to require schools to ask parents to prove their children are in this country legally.
Sen. Russell Pearce said everyone knows there are children in Arizona schools who aren't here legally, students that, for the time being, the state has to educate. What isn't known are the numbers -- and the cost.