Phoenix, AZ – State lawmakers took the first steps this afternoon to making further budget adjustments -- including several that could end up closing all state parks. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports.
Phoenix, AZ – Plans for a special session this coming week have hit a snag. And Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports the problem is not partisan.
There appears to be the votes in both the House and Senate to put a measure on the ballot for a temporary hike in the state sales tax. That has been a cornerstone of the plan by Gov. Jan Brewer to deal with the current budget shortfall as well as deficits for the next few years.
Phoenix, AZ – Some new figures today show that while interest in gambling may be down, it's hardly gone away.
Economist Alan Meister estimates that tribes in Arizona had gross gaming revenues of about $1.9 billion last year. That's about 6 percent less than the year before. Meister said that drop is not surprising.
Phoenix, AZ – Governor Jan Brewer went to Washington Tuesday, at least in part to convince Congress to reject efforts to enact health care reform at the expense of states.
Brewer said the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System, the state's Medicaid program, already provides coverage for 1.3 million residents below the federal poverty level, about $18,000 a year for a family of three.
Phoenix, AZ – State and university employees could wind up with I-O-Us in their pay envelopes in February instead of checks. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer explains why.
It's no secret that, even with the budget fixes last month, the state is still running $1.6 billion in the red. That's largely due to sales tax collections coming in at rates far below last year as consumers keep their purses and wallet closed.
Phoenix, AZ – The state Supreme Court won't block enforcement of a new state law that requires public employees to report illegal immigrants.
The law says any public employee who fails to report discovered violations of federal immigration statutes can be sent to jail for up to four months. It also allows state residents who believes public workers aren't following the law to file suit.