Phoenix, AZ – The measure would let police arrest anyone they just reasonably believe is in this country illegally. It would make it a crime to stop a vehicle on the street to pick up someone to do day labor. It would make it easier to conduct sting operations to see if companies are hiring undocumented workers. And it would allow lawsuits against cities and counties that have policies which limit immimmigration enforcement to -- quote -- less than the full extent permitted by federal law. Sen. Al Melvin said Arizona
Phoenix, AZ – It was 1992 when Sen. Carolyn Allen and others got voters to impose term limits on elected officials. She said the main goal was to oust entrenched members of Congress. But the U.S. Supreme Court ruled states can't regulate federal lawmakers. That left Arizona with eight-year limits on statewide officials and legislators. Allen said the result is fewer lawmakers who know what's come -- and been tried -- before.
Phoenix, AZ – Martin said the problem is that for years the state has been spending more than it collects in taxes.
(Each of us has to live within our own means. And since government lives off our means, why should they be any different? We could have avoided much of this budget pain if we had simply followed that principle.)
Phoenix, AZ – Brewer said there's a simple central theme to the message she will give when she comes to the poduim.
(That it's incumbent upon us collectively, that all of us work together and resolve the catastrophic crisis that Arizona is facing. And we can do that by creating jobs. And we need to do that as quickly as possible.)
Phoenix, AZ – In simple terms, the budget for the current fiscal year that's already half over is still about $1.5 billion in the red, even after a series of spending cuts and financial maneuvers. And the outlook for the coming budget year is even worse, with the gap between revenues and expenses somewhere in excess of $3 billion. Speaking to the Arizona Chamber of Commerce, House Speaker Kirk Adams said fixing the problem will require further cuts.
Phoenix, AZ – Existing law bars weapons on the campuses of public colleges. The proposal by Sen. Jack Harper would carve out an exception for faculty members who have a state-issued permit to carry a concealed weapon.
(It's a long-time goal of mine to make sure there are no defense- free zones where criminals know they can go into an establishment and there'll be no law-abiding citizens there that can legally protect themselves.)