Politics

Arizona’s messy tax system hampers small businesses battling online retailers for tax fairness

PHOENIX – The Arizona Legislature is considering a bill that would require online retailers who do not have a physical facility in the state to pay sales taxes on goods purchased by Arizonans. However, the state’s 93 city tax codes complicate the issue.


Advocates work to slow the revolving door of repeat prisoners

TEMPE – Criminal justice officials and community members at an Arizona Town Hall session discussed ways to reform the state’s broken criminal justice system.

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CBP: Southern border apprehensions topped 360,000 in first half of year

WASHINGTON - Frontline border officials told a Senate panel that the crisis at the southern border is real and that "something has to change" to combat the growing number of migrants arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border, which topped 360,000 for the first half of fiscal 2019.


House, Senate OK Colorado River drought plan, capping years of debate

WASHINGTON - Two weeks after water officials told Congress of the "urgent" need to approve the Colorado River Drought Contingency Plan, the House and Senate both passed the plan, moving one step closet to ending years negotiations by seven states in the river basin.


Shift of CBP officers has led to border slowdown that’s hurting trade

WASHNGTON - President Donald Trump may have backed off his threat to close the border, but business leaders form both sides of the border say there is a very real slowdown in crossings that's hurting businesses, after the redeployment of Customs and Border Protection officers.


McSally draws on history, calls on colleges to stop sexual assaults

ANNAPOLIS, Md. _ In a different year, Sen. Martha McSally might not have been on a U.S. Naval Academy stage urging college officials to step up and stop sexual assaults on their campuses. But that was before the Arizona Republican revealed she had been raped by a superior officer in the Air Force.


Buckle up, Arizona: Students promote back seat safety belts

BUCKEYE – Verrado High School students began a campaign to promote seat belt safety amongst their peers. They plan to introduce it as a bill in the next legislative session.


Arizonans join critics of Trump’s call to weaken unaccompanied minors law

WASHINGTON - Critics say a plan to make it easier to return unaccompanied mintors to their home countries is just the Trump administration "targeting chlldren," but the White House says it would merely speed the return of thie children to the countries that want to take care of them.


Ducey supports short shutdown to secure border if Congress won’t act

WASHINGTON - Gov. Doug Ducey said maintaining trade with Mexico is important but gave conditional support to a "short as possible" border shutdown, then shifted blame to Congress which he said has been playing politics with the issue of border security.


Arizona House moves forward on code of conduct before session ends

PHOENIX – The House approved a motion by voice vote to move forward with a code of conduct that Republican leaders promised last year.


Lawmakers, business leaders wary of Trump threat to close Mexico border

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump repeated his threat to deal with a surge of migrants by closing the U.S.- Mexico border, a move that has been called a potential "economic catastrophe" for Arizona, which did $16.7 billion in trade with Mexico in fiscal 2018.


McSally, Biggs question DHS on release of migrants into Arizona communities

PHOENIX – Sen. Martha McSally hosted a closed-door roundtable Monday with Homeland Security officials over the release of apprehended migrants into Arizona communities.