GOVERNMENT | Arizona Center for Investigative Reporting
Every year, Arizona’s 30 Senators and 60 House members vote hundreds of times. The Arizona Center for Investigative Reporting analyzed every floor vote from the 2017 legislative session to determine levels of agreement among lawmakers in each chamber.read more
Navajo Generating Station coal plant shutdown looms, Arizona Navajo and Hopi tribes look for economic solutions
For decades, fossil fuel was the most important economic driver for Arizona’s Navajos and Hopis. Now, even that is threatening to disappear.read more
Seventy-three schools are appealing the letter grades they’ve been given by state school officials, citing a variety of reasons that their grade should be improved.read more
After refusing to release school letter grade records distributed to Arizona public schools and claiming that no list of all scores existed, the Arizona Department of Education has reversed course and released the school letter grades to media outlets who sought them.read more
The state’s two largest public universities have for years been represented at the state Capitol by powerful lobbying firms, though neither Arizona State University or the University of Arizona has records of hiring a contract lobbyist.
Instead, each school’s nonprofit foundation has contracted directly with outside lobbyists to advocate at the Legislature on behalf of the schools. Neither university foundation responded to detailed questions about the nature of the relationship between it and the lobbying firms, and neither would provide a copy of its contract with the lobbyists hired to represent a public body.
As a result, it is impossible for the public to know how much lobbying firms are being paid to represent the interests of public universities.read more
Despite being hailed as a landmark series of reforms by proponents, Arizona law enforcement officials say changes enacted this year to Arizona’s civil asset forfeiture program won’t do much to curb the ability of police to seize cash and property from those they suspect of breaking the law.read more
Every day, the thousands of voting jurisdictions in the U.S. share information about current voter registrations to guard against people being registered in multiple places. Until earlier this year, The Arizona Secretary of State was not keeping copies of those voter registration notifications.read more
Arizona’s university budgets were slashed when the “great recession” hit. With a billion-dollar infrastructure plan in the pipeline, the University of Arizona has committed nearly half of its portion of the funds to address the maintenance costs that were pushed off for the past decade.read more
The mountain town that Northern Arizona University calls home is bursting at the seams. Housing costs are on a tear, parking is at a premium and locals protest new housing developments, even as the university expects to see the student population continue to balloon.read more
ASU’s nonprofit foundation helps support the school and attract donors, but vague tax filings leave unclear how it’s “lobbying” expenditures were actually spent. They also don’t explain the relationship with the university president’s wife, who was paid more than $800,000 by the nonprofit.read more