President Trump has pitched a $1 trillion infrastructure plan — the money would pay to repair roads, bridges, tunnels and airports, among other things. Within that proposal is funding for something called the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act. It’s a program run out of the EPA, which provides low-cost supplemental loans for specific projects.
Arizona voters approved Proposition 206 last November, and the higher minimum wage it contained has already taken effect. But the provision promising paid sick leave for workers kicks in on July 1. The state Industrial Commission is working to issue guidelines for how that’ll work.
And now to a story about another major effect our education system has on our state: business. The BBC recently reported that financial jobs on Wall Street aren’t expanding the way they used to. Instead, companies in states like Texas and, yes, Arizona are seeing the rise in financial jobs.
Last week, Gov. Ducey signed a $1 billion university-bonding package. Here with us to talk about that is John Arnold, vice president for business management and financial affairs at the Arizona Board of Regents, and Jeff Gadd, the interim chief financial officer at the Roosevelt Elementary School District in Phoenix.
A recent study from Johns Hopkins University highlighted just how many important nutrients necessary for a healthy diet end up in the landfill every single year. And that thought led us to think about how that might affect St. Mary’s Food Bank, which gathers and distributes food throughout Arizona.
Debate about charter schools versus public schools continues in our state, but what does the data actually show about how successful these schools are? The Arizona Department of Education recently released the four-year graduation data from 2015.
At the college level, relationships between coaches and student-athletes are supposed to be off-limits. There are countless exceptions, and those will sometimes result in disturbing outcomes. The situation between former University of Arizona assistant track and field coach Craig Carter and athlete Baillie Gibson fits into that category.
President Donald Trump has returned from his first overseas trip, and some lingering tension with allies over trade and climate change has generated headlines. Here to tell us more about that and to preview other international news is Dave McGuire of the BBC’s Washington, D.C., bureau.
U.S. Sen. John McCain is in the Asia-Pacific region this week. He stopped in Australia on Tuesday. Joining us now is Aaron Friedberg, professor of politics and international affairs at Princeton University.