Legislation aimed at expanding Arizona’s Empowerment Scholarship Account system, less formally known as private-school vouchers, has been making its way through the Legislature. Supporters of the bills say they'll save taxpayers money but a new report from the Joint Legislative Budget Committee says they'd actually cost the state more.
Despite all the national conversation about investment in oil and gas resources, states across the West are dedicating more resources to wind energy and the electric transmission lines needed to move power.
A new report suggests the bill seeking to expand the voucher system in Arizona would actually increase state costs. The analysis from the Joint Legislative Budget Committee contradicts the argument the bill’s sponsor, Debbie Lesko, has been using to defend the legislation.
The Phoenix City Council rejected a citizen petition to declare Phoenix a sanctuary city. But the council did vote to study legal options relating to SB 1070, Arizona’s controversial immigration enforcement law.
On Feb. 13, the Salt River Project, a Phoenix-based power company, announced that it would shut down a coal-fired power plant in three years. That’s 25 years earlier than the Navajo Nation anticipated. While environmentalists celebrate the closure, hundreds of Navajo people who rely on those jobs are devastated.
Grand Canyon University has invested hundreds of millions of dollars into its campus in west Phoenix. The school and local officials celebrated a new office center and hotel Wednesday.
While GCU continues to buy and develop more land in west Phoenix, some local businesses are feeling left behind and unsupported.
The seed and chemical giant Monsanto bought land in Pima County last year to build a greenhouse for new corn-variety testing. KJZZ reported on the development plans last month, and now reports Wednesday the company dropped a plan seeking lower property taxes.
An immigrant rights group has concerns following the arrest of a so-called Dreamer in Seattle. Korina Iribe with the Arizona Dream Act Coalition says federal agents should respect the protection given to immigrants brought to the U.S. as children.
School assemblies don’t typically come with a $25,000 cash prize. In the West Valley, however, that’s exactly what happened Wednesday when Rogers Ranch Elementary School Principal Timothy Thomas was presented with the Milken Educator Award.
When the Arizona Department of Transportation decided to let the public submit a clever slogan for one of its many electronic signs, the agency had no idea the ideas would pour in. ADOT has already received more than 7,000 submissions since the contest launched earlier this month, and there are still a few more days to go before the contest ends.
As student enrollment continues to decline at the University of Phoenix, the school has resorted to layoffs and reduced the number of full-time faculty positions. Around 170 of the university’s full-time faculty members were switched to associate positions or lost their jobs in the latest round of layoffs.
Bill Kurtis reads three quotes from the week’s news: Invisi-bill, Scaredy Spice, Prime Purchase. Our panelists read three stories about someone with a real good reason to move out of their house, only one of which is true.