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State Representative Wants To Raise Arizona’s Gas Tax

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The new head of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure wants a dime a gallon increase in Arizona’s gasoline tax. Rep. Noel Campbell, a Republican from Prescott, said the last time Arizona hiked its gas tax was in 1991. Since then it has remained at 18 cents a gallon. But he’s not sure voters are willing to go along. ... Read More »

Arizona Bill Would Set the Stage to Reject Federal Acts

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PHOENIX, Ariz. (Jan. 18, 2017) – A bill introduced in the Arizona House would set the stage for the state to refuse cooperation with federal acts. Introduced by Rep. Bob Thorpe, House Bill 2097 (HB2097) would prohibit state participation or cooperation with any “action” of the United States government that constitutes “commandeering.” The bill defines “action” as “an executive order issued by the ... Read More »

Arizona Gov. Ducey’s Budget Proposal Met With Mixed Reaction

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Gov. Doug Ducey unveiled his budget proposal on Friday for the upcoming fiscal year. The $9.8 billion plan includes around $176 million in new money that would go to K-12 education, that’s the largest share of new spending. The governor is proposing a small pay raise this year, resulting in a 2 percent cumulative increase over five years. House Speaker ... Read More »

Arizona state senator: Stealing US flag should be felony

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PHOENIX – Sen. John Kavanagh (R-Fountain Hills) will introduce SB 1009 in the first legislative session of 2017. It’s a bill that would modify current theft laws in Arizona to make stealing an American flag on display a felony and harshen the possible punishment. “The American flag is the symbol of our country,” said Kavanagh. “It’s the symbol of everything great ... Read More »

Phoenix teen’s 1999 death still drives Arizona push to end celebratory gunfire

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The bullet that killed Shannon Smith fell from the sky. It struck the 14-year-old girl in the head as she walked in her backyard of her central Phoenix home in June 1999. Nobody knows who fired the shot or what direction it came from. But like all bullets fired into the air, it had to come down somewhere. More than 17 years later, the ... Read More »

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