One of the issues that could be holding up the budget is a proposal from Gov. Ducey that would allow universities to keep some of the money they’d ordinarily pay in taxes. We talk to Hank Stephenson of the Arizona Capitol Times about this.
It’s back to work at the Capitol today for state lawmakers, and, while there aren’t a whole lot of high-profile bills on the agenda, at least so far, there’s still plenty for legislators to do. With me to talk about some of it is Howie Fischer of Capitol Media Services.
The U.S. government has just handed Mexican authorities almost a million dollars in protective equipment for agents dismantling clandestine drug labs. The donation is part of the drug-fighting partnership known as the Merida Initiative.
The Tent City Jail was built in 1993 by Sheriff Joe Arpaio to address overcrowding in Maricopa County Jails. The Army-green canvass tents and extreme conditions at the jail were a symbol of Sheriff Arpaio’s tough approach to law enforcement. Now a committee appointed by newly elected Sheriff Paul Penzone is re-evaluating the merits of the jail.
The Homeland Security Department pushed back its official day for when it will start taking proposals for the border wall by a week.But it’s added some language that hint at the specifics it wants to build in.
In 2016, the number of houses and condos flipped nationwide hit a 10-year high. According to research compiled by ATTOM Data Solutions, 193,009 single-family homes and condos were flipped. In metro Phoenix, there were 7,518 flips, which means a home was sold twice within a one-year period.
This week, the Peoria City Council considered partnering with Arizona State University to run a startup incubator. The three-year agreement would allow the college to work with Peoria managing a tech startup incubator.
In the past week, Phoenix Fire Department has responded to multiple rescue calls from hikers, including four calls in four hours. The Phoenix area has many hiking trails that are popular among tourists and Arizona residents. But those trails also have another frequent visitor — The Phoenix Fire Department.