Education

Tax conformity veto sets up showdown

BY: - February 1, 2019

Gov. Doug Ducey vetoed a tax conformity bill, setting up a showdown with Republican legislators and injecting more uncertainty for Arizonans who are preparing to file their 2018 taxes.

Voters just rejected expanding ESA access. This bill would do the opposite.

BY: - February 1, 2019

Less than three months after voters rejected a legislative attempt to broadly expand a controversial school choice program, a Republican senator is hoping lawmakers will approve a narrower expansion for middle-class students. Senate Bill 1396, sponsored by Sylvia Allen, R-Snowflake, would increase access to Empowerment Scholarship Accounts to families at or below 185 percent of […]

Ducey budget plan focuses on education, planning for future recession

BY: - January 18, 2019

Gov. Doug Ducey is looking to spend the bulk of Arizona’s projected billion-dollar budget surplus preparing for the next economic downtown in an effort to avoid the type of budget crisis the state saw during the Great Recession in 2009 and 2010. The most expensive line item Ducey’s executive budget proposal, which was released on […]

COMMENTARY

Governor’s 2019 priorities will have #ThingsThatMatter for special interests

BY: - January 16, 2019

Ever play the Chinese fortune cookie game where you add the phrase “in bed” to the end of every fortune? Lately, I’ve been playing that game with Governor Ducey’s hashtags, though I use the phrase “for special interests” instead of the other one.

Ducey school safety plan starts with same problems as before

BY: - January 15, 2019

Gov. Doug Ducey’s call for lawmakers to pass his school safety plan that stalled last year may fall on deaf ears if he can’t alleviate the concerns of both Democrats and Republicans.

Ducey calls for bipartisanship in State of the State, sets stage for schisms with GOP lawmakers

BY: - January 14, 2019

With the GOP facing historically narrow margins in the Legislature, Gov. Doug Ducey kicked off the 2019 legislative session with a call for bipartisanship on key issues like water, K-12 education, school safety and legislative immunity.

Ducey hopes second time’s a charm for school safety plan

BY: - January 12, 2019

Gov. Doug Ducey is optimistic that his school safety plan, which fell short last year after Republican lawmakers opposed a key provision, will have better luck in 2019.

COMMENTARY

Kyl co-taught 12 weeks total over three years

BY: - January 11, 2019

Clearly, the lobbyist-turned-senator-turned-lobbyist-turned-senator-turned-lobbyist-again doesn’t view his financial disclosure statement as requiring factual statements, either.

Can Brnovich sue ASU?

BY: - January 11, 2019

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich on Thursday filed a lawsuit claiming massive real estate deals done by Arizona State University violate state law, but ASU and others are arguing he cannot sue his own client.

Ducey says no to GOP senator’s proposed tax hike to fund education

BY: - January 11, 2019

Gov. Doug Ducey rejected a Republican senator’s call to raise Arizona’s sales tax rate to provide more funding for education. “We don’t need a tax increase. We’ve got available dollars right now. We’re going to have a nice, healthy, hearty debate about where we are going to invest and spend and save them,” Ducey told […]

Brnovich sues regents over ASU development deals

BY: - January 10, 2019

The Arizona Attorney General’s Office wants to make Arizona State University put one of its properties back onto the tax rolls and is claiming in a new lawsuit that the university is shielding private companies from paying taxes. “These deals are designed to shield selected companies from property taxes while generating revenue for ABOR and […]

Rep. Fillmore’s bill to ease procurement rules on school districts might not actually do that

BY: - January 10, 2019

Fillmore was unclear about what changes the bill could bring for school districts, and seemed unsure about exactly what the legislation would do.