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Arizona GOP budget holdouts near win on tax cut changes

Jun. 17, 2021 21:00 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A pair of Republican Arizona lawmakers who objected to a $1.9 billion tax cut in a $12.8 billion GOP budget deal were close Thursday to winning major concessions that would secure their support for the spending plan before the whole deal came to a halt over the tax cut's...

Arizona Legislature passes $100M fire funding plan

Jun. 17, 2021 16:32 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Legislature on Thursday overwhelmingly passed a bill creating a $100 million fund to respond to a wildfire emergency as fires continue to burn across the state. Despite the broad approval — the House vote was 56-2 and the Senate vote was...

Arizona reports 332 new coronavirus cases, 18 deaths

Jun. 17, 2021 13:05 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona reported 332 new cases of the coronavirus on Thursday, as the state gets closer to half of its residents receiving at least one dose of the vaccine. The new cases bring the statewide total of COVID-19 cases to 888,337, according to the Arizona...

Arizona lawmakers advance $100M fire fund in special session

Jun. 16, 2021 20:04 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Legislature advanced bills Wednesday creating a $100 million fund to respond to a wildfire emergency after hearing dire warnings from state officials and praise from worried leaders of rural counties and cities amid a brewing fight on the role of climate change in...

Florida gov heeds call from Texas, Arizona for border help

Jun. 16, 2021 18:15 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis castigated the Biden administration for what he called “a disaster and an emergency” at the nation's border with Mexico and said Wednesday that he would send law enforcement to Texas and Arizona, whose Republican governors have appealed...

Former US Rep. Matt Salmon enters Arizona governor’s race

Jun. 16, 2021 11:19 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Former U.S. Rep. Matt Salmon announced Wednesday that he is running for governor of Arizona, a post he narrowly lost 18 years ago to Democrat Janet Napolitano. Salmon, a Republican, served in the Arizona Legislature before winning three terms in Congress...

New education tax again survives, high court appeal pending

Jun. 15, 2021 20:43 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A trial court judge on Tuesday threw out several legal challenges to a new voter approved tax on high-earning Arizonans, leaving just one additional issue raised by challengers to Proposition 208 in play while the state Supreme Court is considering whether the measure is...

Ducey blocks ASU policy requiring masks for unvaccinated

Jun. 15, 2021 19:59 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Gov. Doug Ducey on Tuesday blocked a new Arizona State University policy that would have required unvaccinated students to submit to twice-weekly COVID-19 testing and wear a mask, calling the decision “bad policy.” The Republican governor issued an...

Arizona Legislature to hold special wildfire funding session

Jun. 14, 2021 21:10 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Legislature will convene in special session this week to consider adding $100 million in funding for fighting wildfires and to boost the amount of money available to clear hazardous brush and deal with the damage of flooding from fire-ravaged mountains. ...

Editorial Roundup: Texas

Jun. 14, 2021 10:08 AM EDT

San Antonio Express-News. June 9, 2021. Editorial: Only authentic artifacts to remember the Alamo Immortalized by a battle, the Alamo is destined to always be a site of contention. Sitting on the eastern edge of downtown San Antonio, the 18th-century...