Ducey Stiffs Small Cities & Rural Counties

This is a complicated story with lots of numbers.  The short answer is that Governor Ducey did not use the funding formula that was recommended in the federal CARES Act passed into law in March of this year.  Larger cities and counties, in Arizona this included Mesa, Phoenix, and Tucson got direct funding from the […]

Reform Public Safety Personnel Retirement System (PSPRS)

Small cities throughout Arizona continue to struggle to make minimum pension payments, required by law, to the Public Safety Personnel Retirement System (PSPRS).  As reported in the 6/7/2020 Herald Review, Bisbee faces a just under $1.5 million payment into the retirement fund this year.  Bisbee Mayor David Smith says PSPRS is “drastically under performing.” Various […]

GOP Needs to Get Real: 2020-2021 Budget is the Only Thing

Because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, as of April 24, 2020 the Arizona state legislature current session is in temporary adjournment, with only a “skinny budget” passed and a few other bills.  This past week the Republican leaders of the state senate and house, with the approval of the Democratic leaders, agreed that both houses […]

Now AZ Needs a Lieutenant Governor?

HCR 2020 would ask the Arizona voters to create the office of Lieutenant Governor.  The candidate for lieutenant governor would be nominated by the gubernatorial candidate AFTER the primary.  Then the two would run as a single ticket in the general election. Rep. Nutt is concerned about “consistency” if the governor either leaves office or […]

Should Arizona Legislators Get Paid More?

Yes, I know this will not be popular – but Arizona state legislators (and by the way the Governor) are grossly underpaid for their services to the citizens of the state.  Annual salary is $24,000.  (By the way this is minimum wage in Arizona) Yes the legislature is only in session a little more than […]

Two Different Propositions

Two proposals that may make it on to the Arizona November 2020 ballot attempt to solve different issues facing Arizona state government.  The Public Safety and Rehabilitation Act addresses sentencing reform in the criminal justice system.  Representative Warren Petersen, R- Gilbert is sponsoring House Concurrent Resolution 2008 which would amend the Arizona Constitution to prohibit […]

Criminal Justice Reform

State Rep. Leo Biasiucci has introduced legislation to make community service an option to paying a cash fine for traffic tickets. Right now that isn’t possible. This could be part of a larger conversation about reform of the state criminal justice code. Particularly where the judicial system ensnares the poor with fines and fees.  The […]