Phoenix, AZ – The state Parks Board voted this afternoon to close three parks to save money. But that isn't the end of the cuts.
McFarland Historic State Park in Florence already is closed to visitors because the building is in disrepair. The board's vote directed closure of Tonto Natural Bridge State Park near Payson and Jerome Historic State Park, both of which also require repairs to buildings.
Phoenix, AZ – Some new figures show the state could be in line for more than 4 billion dollars in federal stimulus money. But lawmakers and the governor aren't sure how much the state can afford to take.
Phoenix, AZ – Barack Obama will not unveil his plan to fix the housing mess until Wednesday. But Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports that did not stop the state's two U-S senators from commenting today on the plan.
John McCain took the opportunity of a press conference to criticize Obama for not doing more to deal with the housing problem as part of the just-signed stimulus package.
Phoenix, AZ – House Republican leaders promised Monday to vote by the end of March to repeal the state property tax -- and permanently forego the $250 million it would raise -- whether or not they have a plan by then to balance next year's budget.
Phoenix, AZ – Don't expect any quick action by state lawmakers to adopt a new budget for the coming year.
The issue, quite simply, is lack of information about how much money Arizona is going to get in the federal stimulus package. There are some significant differences that have to be ironed out between versions approved by the U.S. House and Senate.