Proponents of Proposition 122 insist that a potentially far-reaching amendment to the Arizona Constitution is necessary to ensure the public gets to monitor how well — or poorly — Arizona does in protecting children.
Regarding the recent Appeals Court decision that the Arizona Legislature must pay our schools $1.6 billion for the years the controlling Republicans did not include the funding per the overwhelmingly-approved 2008 Voter Initiative. Wake up, Arizona voters/taxpayers, you are in debt because the legislative Republicans pulled their dirty tricks beginning with the 2009 budget by deliberately not including the
Arizona dramatically lags in funding education for everyone. We used to have free all-day kindergarten. Now we don’t. We used to fully fund soft capital materials used in the classroom (textbooks, technology, and furniture). Now we don’t. We used to have full CORL funding for capital and operating costs. Now we don’t. Now we are asked to believe that our schools are to supply a great education with a 25 percent decrease in funding. How do we do that as we grope towards the bottom with this 25 percent cut?
The current pension/spiking system is broken. You are seeing less services, and higher fee and tax increases because of the broken pension system. Less police officers on our streets, less services for our seniors, fewer library hours, and cuts to after school programs — and it will be getting worse. Phoenix recently instituted a new water tax in order to cover the pension costs. Last year, pension spiking was over $19 million of our budget. An additional increase of $18 million just to cover pension costs was in the budget. City staff has already forecast an additional $18 million to cover pension costs for next year.
Calling it a violation of constitutional rights, a federal appeals court on Wednesday voided a 2006 voter-approved measure which denied bail to those not in the country legally who were arrested for other crimes.
Their plans to fix Arizona's economy may be hard to decipher, and neither Democrat Fred DuVal nor Republican Doug Ducey is precise on exactly how they think the state will permanently come up with more money for schools.
The road to gay marriage in Arizona hit a bump this morning as the U.S. Supreme Court temporarily stayed Tuesday's ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling voiding similar laws in Nevada and Idaho.
Monday's decision by the U.S. Supreme Court not to delay same-sex marriages in other states has no immediate impact in Arizona, but it could expedite gay marriages in the state if and when federal courts here decide the issue.
Attorney General candidates Republican Mark Brnovich and Democrat Felecia Rotellini debate at the East Valley Tribune office in Tempe on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2014.Question 2: What are your thoughts on the restriction on RU486 and should the state continue to pursue the case to the Supreme Court?