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Infrastructure

Moderates bring House to standstill in Biden budget clash

Brushing past moderates, House Democratic leaders tried to muscle President Joe Biden’s multitrillion-dollar budget blueprint over a key hurdle Monday night, hoping to shelve for now an intraparty showdown that risks upending their domestic infrastructure agenda. Tensions rose as lawmakers returned for the evening session and a band of moderate lawmakers threatened to withhold their

Education

Governor Ducey Announces Relief Program For K-12 Students, Families

Governor Doug Ducey announced an initial investment of $10 million for an immediate relief program for K-12 students and families. The funding will provide choice for parents who are facing financial and educational barriers due to unnecessary closures and school mandates and that are not in compliance with the provisions set forth in state law.

State

Governor Ducey Commends Legislature On Passing Fiscally Conservative, Forward-Looking FY22 Budget

The Arizona House of Representatives has passed a landmark fiscally conservative, forward-looking budget that invests in K-12 education, public safety, public health, infrastructure and natural resources, while securing the single largest tax cut in state history. The House vote follows the state Senate’s approval of the budget on Wednesday. Governor Ducey will receive the budget bills once

Business

Businesses scramble for help as job openings go unfilled

It looks like something to celebrate: small businesses posting “Help Wanted” signs as the economy edges toward normalcy. Instead, businesses are having trouble filling the jobs, which in turn hurts their ability to keep up with demand for their products or services. Owners say that some would-be workers are worried about catching COVID-19 or prefer

COVID-19

You’re not imagining it – 3 ways COVID-19 has been extra hard on American parents

For parents during the pandemic, juggling hasn’t been an option: It’s both work and family, all the time. damircudic/E+ via Getty Images Steven Greene, North Carolina State University and Laurel Elder, Hartwick College For over a year, Americans have been struggling with the challenges imposed on them by the global coronavirus pandemic. While all Americans

State

Arizona poverty rate continued fall in 2019, still topped national rate

The poverty rate in Arizona fell for the eighth straight year in 2019, to 13.5%, but while advocates welcomed that as “great news” they also cautioned that the state’s economic gains were not shared equally by all Arizonans. Despite the improvements, the Census Bureau numbers show Arizona’s poverty rate remained higher than the nation, where

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