Nearly $1.2 billion at risk for Arizona public schools if Legislature fails to override cap

PHOENIX – Arizona public school districts could face budget cuts of 16% if the Legislature doesn’t override the aggregate expenditure limit, a spending cap that voters approved in 1980.


200 Pascua Yaqui families getting new homes through Arizona tax credits to tribe

TUCSON – The Pascua Yaqui Tribe received millions of dollars in state tax credits to fund a new subdivision of affordable homes in southern Arizona.


Bipartisan bill to promote affordable housing introduced in Arizona House

PHOENIX – Arizona state Reps. César Chávez and Steve Kaiser introduced a bipartisan bill Wednesday that would address the state’s housing crisis by increasing the construction of affordable homes and providing aid to the homeless.


Antitrust suit can proceed against SRP over charges to solar customers

WASHINGTON - A federal appeals court said Monday that SRP customers who also have solar panels at their homes can pursue an antitrust claim against the utility for a policy of charging them more than other customers.


Families face first month without child tax credit payments since July

WASHINGTON – January was the first month since last summer that Arizona low-income families did not get a check under the expanded Child Tax Credit program, leaving parents scrambling for help and advocates worrying about an increase in poverty.


Recreational marijuana sales flying high a year after Arizona legalization

TEMPE – A year after Proposition 207 took effect, recreational marijuana use has fueled growth in the Arizona cannabis industry. The Arizona Department of Revenue estimates taxable recreational marijuana sales totaled more than $528 million in 2021.


Phoenix saw 9.7% inflation in 2021, outstripping national rate of 7%

WASHINGTON – Consumer prices rose by an average of 7% in U.S. cities last year, the steepest rise in decades, and they grew even faster in the Phoenix metro area, according to new data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.


K-pop phenomenon entices small businesses to cater to legions of energized fans

MESA – K-pop gives boba tea shops and other small businesses the chance to capitalize on the global popularity of South Korean pop music groups like BTS.


South Central Mercado a creative hub of local businesses

The South Central Mercado was established in October of 2019 by Cecilia Rivera, Sam Gomez and Joe Munoz. The pop-up market gives small businesses, artists and entrepreneurs a space to create business plans and sell their goods.


Audit shows Border Patrol hampered by outdated technology, flawed evaluation of new equipment

U.S. Customs and Border Protection has received more than $743 million since 2017 for upgrades in border technology, but it has only bought 28% of the equipment needed to modernize systems that thwart the flow of illegal goods.


Arizona saw ten-fold jump in catalytic converter thefts, second-most in nation

WASHINGTON - Theft of catalytic converters - the part of a car's exhaust system that changes toxic gases to less-harmful emissions - is surging across the country, including Arizona.


Arizona bowl organizers look to bounce back from 2020’s fanless games

WASHINGTON – With COVID-19 protocols prohibiting fans at the Fiesta and Arizona bowls last year, organizers of the three college bowls in Arizona are eager to welcome fans and teams back this year.