It was an easily decided win for the firefighters and police pension plan, Proposition 124. However, it was a close victory for the education funding bill, Proposition 123, which received just less than 52 percent of the vote.
Judge Murray Snow found Maricopa County Sheriff Arpaio in civil contempt of court, and concluded that Arpaio and others deliberately violated court orders, opening the possibility of a referral to a prosecutor to pursue criminal contempt charges. Here are 10 of Snow’s many findings from the 162-page ruling.
Included in the signings are a series of laws aimed at making the state friendlier for businesses and revamping and reorganizing state agencies that oversee economic development, as well as a series of tax cuts that mainly target businesses.
Proposition 123, the measure that would boost education funding by tapping the state’s land trust, is looking more likely to pass. Governor Ducey announced a victory Thursday night, though votes are still being counted.
Rural school districts are finding it hard to retain good teachers. In eastern Arizona, some school officials say part of the problem is that many of their new teachers are new to the area too. A few state university systems are hoping to improve those retention rates by helping Arizona's small towns grow their own teachers.
The surface level at Lake Mead has dropped as planned to historic low levels, and federal water managers said Thursday the vast Colorado River reservoir is expected to continue to shrink amid ongoing drought.