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Budget & Appropriations

Legislative Update: Arizona

#RedforEd movement prompts Teacher strike Similar to other national teacher walkouts, Arizona teachers in an initiative called #RedforEd held a 6-day strike that had many schools closed, and thousands marching on the state capitol.  The teacher demand is for an increase in teacher salaries, more education funding, and increased wages for support staff such as bus drivers and cafeteria workers. Governor Ducey proposed a $10.4 billion budget plan that will […]

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Legislative Update: New Mexico

Governor’s Vetoes Ruled Invalid by NM Supreme Court Governor Susana Martinez (R-NM) The New Mexico Supreme Court upheld a judge’s ruling that vetoes issued by Governor Martinez in 2017 were invalid, and ordered the laws to go into effect. The bills in question were mostly noncontroversial including authorization for research of industrial hemp production and the awarding of scholarships to medical students who agree to work in underserved areas.  The […]

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Iowa Lawmakers Pass $2.2 Billion Tax Cut

Governor Reynolds (R- IA) In an effort to jump-start the state’s economy, Iowa lawmakers recently approved a historic tax cut that slashes revenue by more than $2 billion over the next six years. The Republican-dominated legislature pushed the bill through on May 5, which awaits the signature of Governor Kim Reynolds. “Republicans led on tax reform in 2018,” Reynolds said in a release after the bill was passed. “As a result, […]

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Legislative Update: Utah

Utah Legislature poised to override Governor’s veto of bills that address separation of powers The Utah state legislature will convene to vote to override Governor Herbert’s veto of two bills and a budget line-item veto related to the bills. The first bill – SB 171 – authorizes the legislature to intervene in court cases that impact laws passes without depending upon the state Attorney General.  The Governor’s position is that this […]

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