Another Arizona city is looking to cut public pensions costs. The Tucson City Council voted Tuesday to create a task force to find ways to reduce the costs of police and fire pensions. The Arizona Daily Star reports, a decade ago Tucson paid less than $5 million for public-safety pensions, but that amount is expected to reach $42 million next year.
Arizona Highway Names & Numbers Map in PDF File from www.az511.comTraffic Terms as heard on the KJZZ News reports.The Stack Interchange
The I-17/I-10 Interchange, west of downtown Phoenix—the first major
freeway interchange in Phoenix.
Monday will be very busy for some people who waited
until the last minute to file their taxes. It’s often a mad dash to gather all
the appropriate documents and fill in the blanks.
Mennenga Tax and Financial owner Marshall Mennenga
says procrastinators generally make the same mistakes.
Officials say visitors will see long lines at Grand Canyon National Park entrances this summer because of federal budget cuts. Last month, all national parks were ordered to cut their budgets by 5 percent this year under the federal sequestration program.
Arizona’s two U.S. Senators joined with six of their colleagues Thursday to make a pitch for their comprehensive immigration reform bill. The new federal plan would not outlaw state immigration measures.
A recent study finds spending some 'down time' in the
great outdoors can improve your
creativity and problem-solving ability. Professor David Strayer of the
University of Utah said people tested after four days immersed in nature with Outward Bound did
dramatically better than people who took similar tests before heading into the
Arizona's economic recovery continues to be slow, but Dennis Hoffman of Arizona State University's W.P. Carey School of Business says there are a number of positive signs.Hoffman says increasing consumer confidence should improve the state's condition.
State officials have awarded a grant to build a restroom in a popular area north of Sedona that has been shut down in the past because of water quality problems. The Oak Creek Watershed Council has been awarded $253,000 by the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality to build a restroom near Slide Rock.
The state capitol will be quiet Monday today, as lawmakers take the
day off – they’re expected to work Tuesdays through Thursdays for a little
while.That reflects the fact that there’s not a lot left to do this session.
The Great Recession of 2008 took a toll on older
Americans. A report from the AARP Public Policy Institute says the typical
senior has seen a lower income and higher expenses. State AARP director David
Mitchell says one place that's showing up is in the cost of health care, where
seniors are spending an average of $3,100 a year.
Senator Jeff Flake has been criticized by many on the left for his vote against expanded background checks for gun sales. He's also been hit hard by conservatives for being part of the Gang of Eight's efforts on comprehensive immigration reform.
A Phoenix woman bas been sentenced to two years
in prison and may pay up to $5 million in restitution for her part in a fake coupon ring. In March,
41-year-old Robin Ramirez pleaded guilty to counterfeiting.
The Arizona U.S. Attorney’s office said a man suspected of starting a series of wildfires in northern Arizona over the weekend has been arrested. All of the fires were located near Marshall Lake south of Flagstaff.
The body of a Tucson man has been recovered after he was apparently stung to death by bees while hiking in the Santa Rita Mountains, north of Nogales. Lieutenant Raoul Rodriguez of the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office said the 55-year-old man was found hanging from his climbing gear on a cliff near Mount Hopkins.
Arizona has been a national leader in the number of potentially impactful ballot propositions that voters have needed to approve or reject. The Morrison Institute for Public Policy at Arizona State University recently released a report that included possible changes to improve the ballot initiative process.
Construction is coming back to the Southwest, and with it, competition for construction workers.
Construction season in Phoenix is starting, and building sites such as these need more and more workers.
State budget talks, at least publicly, seemed to be stuck in a rut. That changed earlier this week when Senate leaders introduced a series of budget bills.Jim Small of The Arizona Capitol Times explained why Senate President Andy Biggs is allowing the budget bills to move forward and how impactful Governor Jan Brewer's proposed Medicaid expansion has been on the legislative session.
The State Transportation Board will soon be choosing from three options for its latest five-year construction program, but each plan means difficult choices. The Arizona Department of Transportation said less federal money and less revenue from gas and vehicle license taxes means it will cut $350 million from its 2014-2018 construction program.
wildfire burning east of the Nogales
Airport, has blackened
800 acres. It's about 5 percent contained, according to Coronado National
Forest spokeswoman Michelle Fidler, who says the human-caused fire broke out