Entries by Cole Lauterbach

Abortion Protest Locks Down Lawmakers Inside Arizona Capitol, Tear Gas Deployed

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Protesters angry about Friday morning’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling released some frustration at the state Capitol building in Phoenix later that evening. Several hundred protesters gathered at the doors of the Capitol as the Legislature was finishing up its legislative session. A short time later, protesters could be seen on a video taken by Sen. […]

Maricopa ‘threshold’ Program Offers Rent for Homeless

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Maricopa County officials say efforts to help the homeless have fallen short at a critical step in their process of getting off the streets, and a new program aims to help. The county announced Tuesday the approval to spend $5 million in American Rescue Plan Act funds to help formerly-homeless residents afford their first rental. […]

Americans Flocked to Arizona Cities Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

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Whether it was following new opportunities or taking advantage of the untethering of remote work, Arizona’s cities saw significant population growth in 15 months of the COVID-19 pandemic. The U.S. Census released its annual population estimates for cities and counties Thursday, reflecting changes in municipal populations as of July 1, 2021. Four Arizona cities – […]

Fractured Arizona Lawmakers Vote Down Stopgap Budget

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With Arizona lawmakers unable to come to terms on a regular budget and the end of the fiscal year approaching, legislators tried and failed to get a “skinny budget” out of committee. GOP leadership sponsored a dozen budget bills heard in the House Appropriations Committee Wednesday. The package of legislation is seen as a fail-safe […]

State Supreme Court Reaffirms Arizona’s Nation-Lowest Flat Income Tax

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Arizona’s high court has pulled a ballot question from the November election that could have erased the state’s largest-ever income tax cut. The Arizona Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a veto initiative to repeal a gradual change from Arizona’s progressive income tax to a flat 2.5% wasn’t appropriate for the ballot process. The court didn’t […]

Feds Could Limit Water Flow to Arizona, Other Western States

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(The Center Square) – The federal agency that regulates water in Lake Powell warns that it may have to limit downstream water flow, affecting drinking water in Arizona and other western states. Tanya Trujillo, Assistant Secretary for Water and Science for the U.S. Department of the Interior, wrote governors’ offices of seven states about the […]

Arizona Bans Public Workers From Union Political Work On Taxpayer Dime

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Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has signed a first-in-the-nation law banning public entities from paying workers to conduct union politicking. Ducey signed the Release Time Reform Act. The new law bans any unit of government in the state from entering into a contract that allows “paid release time” or union workers advocating for the election or […]

Arizona Lawmakers Vote to Increase School Funding While Limiting Local Property Tax Hikes

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Arizona taxpayers could see a significant line on their property tax bill limited in a proposed overhaul of the state’s school funding formula. The House Appropriations Committee voted along party lines Monday for an amended Senate Bill 1269. If enacted, it would spend an additional $215 million in the coming state budget and send about […]

Arizona Legislature Approves Bill Vetting All Voters for Citizenship Before They Can Cast a Ballot

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Arizona lawmakers approved new voter safeguards that supporters said will ensure only U.S. citizens can cast ballots. A unanimous Republican caucus approved House Bill 2492 in the Senate, sending the legislation to Gov. Doug Ducey for consideration. While Arizona is one of the few states that already require proof of citizenship before registering to vote, […]

Maricopa County, Phoenix Area, Lead Nation in Population Growth Amid Pandemic

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Arizona’s valley region was one of the few major metropolitan areas in the country to grow amid the COVID-19 pandemic’s business closures, remote work, at-home school, and other disruptions. On Thursday, the U.S. Census released more detailed data from its annual population estimates recording changes in headcount from July 1, 2020, to July 1, 2021. […]