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Steve Farley believes that his duty as an elected official is to be the eyes and ears for his constituents. For all 11 years of his legislative service, he has invested several hours each Tuesday night after a hard legislative day and written an entertaining and informative inside look at how our governor and legislature have worked or not worked, where he stands on issues, and how the public can get involved.
These Farley Reports have been read regularly by thousands of Arizonans all over the state and have helped to engage the public more deeply in policymaking for the common good.
Howdy, Friends O’Farley… So much for that idea that the state budget and adjournment Sine Die was close. The Capitol has been thrown into disarray this week and no one is talking about a quick end anymore. Why? With a clear demonstration across the state of strong support for educators and schools on the part… Read more »
Howdy, Friends O’Farley… Rumors are flying of imminent budget action, but there are no bills to analyze yet. I’ll update you as soon as anything drops on my Twitter and Facebook pages, and get a Farley Report out with the details shortly thereafter. We’re especially awaiting the majority plan on teacher raises, gun safety, and… Read more »
Howdy, Friends O’Farley… Small group meetings are ongoing with Republican members and leaked budget drafts are flying around, so we are nearing budget week, with the end of session close on its heels — perhaps in the next two or three weeks. But there’s a lot of action remaining as members rush to get their… Read more »
Howdy, Friends O’Farley… The final legislative stretch is on, but it could stretch for weeks depending on when the majority figure out what they want the budget to look like. Once they’ve done a deal with the Governor in secret, the budget bills — the annual foundational moral document of our state — will be… Read more »
Howdy, Friends O’Farley… Much is happening around the Legislature since this is the final week for committees to hear bills (with the exception of my Appropriations Committee which gets one more week for last-minute bills from influential sponsors). Some big topics are coming up, including the possible legislative renewal of Proposition 301, the 6/10-cent sales… Read more »
Howdy, Friends O’Farley… As teachers and their allies rightfully continue to push for decent raises so they can afford to live and teach in Arizona, Governor Ducey, the Legislature, and their dark-money allies continue to downplay the cuts that have devastated our public education system and led to the lowest teacher salaries in the nation… Read more »
Howdy, Friends O’Farley… In the last week, the Republican majority in the Senate did do a few things: They voted to expand private school tax credits, re-inject partisanship into our Independent Redistricting Commission, and allow insurance companies to take advantage of customers who don’t speak English. They didn’t do anything to address the epidemic of… Read more »
Howdy, Friends O’Farley… Crossover Week is over, so we are back to regular committees. As we enter the second half of the session, this week we are hearing House bills in the Senate as Senate bills are being heard in the House. Budget talks are beginning in secret with Republicans the only folks at the… Read more »
Howdy, Friends O’Farley… The session rolls on. This is Crossover Week, when we shut down most committees in order to focus on pumping as many bills as possible from the Senate to the House and vice-versa. Bills are coming fast and furious, so we’ve got to keep our eyes peeled for surprise amendments, unintended consequences,… Read more »
Howdy, Friends O’Farley… Happy Statehood Day, Arizona! Let’s take a few minutes to honor the public service of Arizona’s founders who had the guts to establish a state on February 14, 1912, that put people first. Our Constitution enshrines the right to citizen initiative and referendum in Article 4, Section 1 — the section that… Read more »
Howdy, Friends O’Farley… This is my twelfth session in the legislature, and my twelfth attempt at banning driving while texting in Arizona. Yesterday afternoon, my bill passed unanimously out of the Senate Transportation Committee. Details to follow. ——— But first, the Pledge Break… —> I am doing everything I can to be your next… Read more »
Howdy, Friends O’Farley… A lot happens in a week these days. Way too much to cover in just one report. So it’s a good thing I write these every week. Let’s get started… ——— But first, the Pledge Break… —> I am doing everything I can to be your next governor. This election offers the… Read more »
Howdy, Friends O’Farley… Two weeks ago, Governor Ducey told several journalists that he wasn’t going to campaign for re-election until after the session. Last week his campaign finance filing revealed that out-of-state billionaires wrote scads of max-out checks for $5,100 each, apparently without him even asking. Their gratitude for his service to their interests seems… Read more »
Howdy, Friends O’Farley… The session rolls on into its second week and the action is ramping up. Governor Ducey released his budget last Friday and yesterday morning we were able to break it down, line by line, in a public hearing in Joint Appropriations Committee. Despite his glowing spin, it’s as bad as I predicted… Read more »
Howdy, Friends O’Farley… One thing I really don’t like is dishonesty in politics. That’s why I’ve been writing the Farley Report for the last 12 years — to get you the truth about what happens up here in policy and politics so you can engage in the legislative process and make good decisions at the… Read more »
Howdy, Friends O’Farley… One quick editorial statement: Victory in Virginia and Alabama has paved the way for victory in Arizona next year. This Farley Report will include lots of discussion of public finance. There’s even a bar chart. I am well aware that many folks tune out when numbers come up. But I believe Farley… Read more »
Howdy, Friends O’Farley… It’s been a whirlwind month of developments on the political front in Arizona. Given Governor Ducey’s track record of gutting public schools, threatening our healthcare, and swiping our gas taxes to fund more tax giveaways, we don’t really need him to continue making the case on why he needs to be replaced,… Read more »
Howdy, Friends O’Farley… Over the past month, we’ve seen a number of disturbing developments that underline why we need change in Arizona. We narrowly avoided another attempt by President Trump and Congress to repeal the Affordable Care Act that would have irreparably harmed our economy, our healthcare system, and our citizens’ well being. New numbers… Read more »
Howdy, Friends O’Farley… It’s been a crazy month since the last Farley Report. Racists marched and killed in Charlottesville, then President Trump came to Phoenix to undermine the rule of law by pardoning our own racist convicted-criminal former Sheriff. Governor Ducey responded by proclaiming his friendship for Arpaio and support for the pardon. Trump cruelly… Read more »
Howdy, Friends O’Farley… A couple of weeks ago, many of us were glued to our TV screens as we followed the US Senate vote that would have repealed the Affordable Care Act. Would partisanship rule the day and eliminate a vital program that, while flawed, has expanded access to healthcare to more than a half-million… Read more »
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