Arizona lawmakers will be at the capitol today after being called to a special session late Tuesday by Governor Jan Brewer. They'll be working on Medicaid expansion and the state budget. I talked with Jim Small of the Arizona Capitol Times this morning, and asked him why the governor would call a special session when lawmakers were expected to deal with the issues during their regular session later in the week.
Less than 24 hours after the Arizona House approved Gov.
Jan Brewer’s plan to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, the Senate
has followed suit. That ended the special session the governor called Tuesday to
deal with Medicaid and the budget.
Not all Valley cities are created equal for new-home sales. The latest real estate report from Arizona State University shows Gilbert and Goodyear leading the way in that sector of the housing recovery, but builders in other cities are still idle.
Sheriff's deputies in Coconino
County are investigating the collision
of a school bus and an SUV, east of Flagstaff,
Monday. Spokesman Gerry Blair said there are a number of issues to resolve
before a decision is made about whether citations will be issued.
Just days after being applauded for signing a Medicaid expansion that came with the support of a Republican-Democratic legislative coalition, Gov. Jan Brewer was skewered for signing a measure making sweeping changes to the state's election system.
Governor Jan Brewer signed into law an overhaul of
the way the state collects sales taxes Tuesday. It was one of her top priorities in
this year’s legislative sessions. Lawmakers approved the measure at the end of their session,
after reaching a compromise with cities and towns.
A new study says global warming is expected to reduce Colorado River water levels over the next three decades, but the scientists have widely differing opinions over how much the river will shrink because of rising temperatures.
Fewer Arizonans had their vehicles stolen last year than in
2011. The numbers come from the National Insurance Crime Bureau.
They find of the top ten hot spot spots nationwide for vehicle theft last year,
eight were in California.
drought has hit the Navajo Nation. Nation President Ben Shelly signed a
declaration of emergency Monday. Shelly is
directing all executive branch agencies of the Nation to develop plans for
responding to the drought and educating the public about the effects.